Mayor announces new investments in safety near schools
SEATTLE - Following September's announcement of Be Super Safe, a Road Safety Action Plan for Seattle, Mayor Mike McGinn today announced $800,000 in new funding for Safe Routes to School projects at Beacon Hill, McGilvra, and West Woodland elementary schools. The funding comes from the City's Real Estate Excise Tax and is included in the mayor's proposed 2013-2014 budget.
"These projects will help improve safety for our children, and improve the quality of life near these neighborhood schools," said McGinn.
McGinn made the announcement at West Woodland Elementary School in Ballard. A Safe Routes to School project there will upgrade a half-signal to a full signal and install new marked crosswalks and curb ramps at Northwest 58th Street and 8th Avenue Northwest. This is a project that is also part of the proposed Ballard Greenway, a neighborhood-initiated project to improve conditions for pedestrians and bicyclists.
The funding includes a project near Beacon Hill Elementary, installing curb bulbs, curb ramps and a pedestrian island at Beacon Avenue South and 14th Avenue South. Also funded are improvements near McGilvra Elementary at East Madison Street & 37th Avenue East, including a sidewalk extension, curb bulbs and curb ramps.
The $800,000 in funding is from City's Real Estate Excise Tax, which by law must go to fund capital projects such as these.
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