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Safe Routes to School project begins in Abilene

More sidewalks to make walking to school safer.
More sidewalks to make walking to school safer.
Photo by Mat Hayward/Photo Xpress

If your Abilene ISD student must get to school or home on his or her own, things may become a bit safer thanks to a federal grant program called Safe Routes to School.

The City of Abilene will have a ground breaking ceremony Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at North 18th and Green Streets near Fannin Elementary for this local sidewalk project. The city was recently awarded $152,000 in grant funds, which will go to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety for school-aged children.

The two projects will soon begin and include construction of a sidewalk along Green Street and the development of a master plan for other sidewalks near schools within the Abilene ISD, according to a City of Abilene press release. This master plan was approved by the Abilene City Council and Abilene ISD back in December of 2008.

The funds were awarded through a competitive process administered by the Texas Department of Transportation. The City of Abilene states that the grant will fully fund the project.