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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Construction begins on new sidewalks for Safe Routes to School

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
11/14/2007  4:45:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548


Construction begins on new sidewalks for Safe Routes to School

SEATTLE-The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is in the midst of an end-of-the-year push to construct several new blocks of sidewalk throughout Seattle. SDOT crews have begun work at a Safe Routes to School location near Northgate Elementary School, on First Avenue Northeast between North 117th Street and North 120th Street. The Northgate Elementary project officially kicks off SDOT’s Safe Routes to School Program.

SDOT Director Grace Crunican explained, “The purpose of this program is to improve safety along designated school waking routes, provide students and parents with alternatives to driving and promote healthy, active lifestyles.”

SDOT anticipates beginning the second Safe Routes to School project in mid-December near Arbor Heights Elementary in southwest Seattle. This project will construct more than two blocks of concrete or stamped-asphalt sidewalk along Southwest 104th Street.

The Bridging the Gap transportation levy, passed in November 2006, provides approximately $2 million a year in funding for safety initiatives, including Safe Routes to Schools, as well as the construction of new sidewalks. In addition to the two Safe Routes to School locations, to date SDOT has completed nine blocks of new sidewalks and repaired the equivalent of 13 additional blocks. SDOT paving crews expect to construct an additional four blocks of new sidewalks by the end of the year, weather permitting.

In addition to the Safe Routes to School program, sidewalk projects are underway along: Ravenna Avenue Northeast between Northeast 82nd and Northeast 83rd; along West Marginal Way Southwest between Southwest Dakota Street and Southwest Andover Street; and along North 145th Street between Linden Avenue North and Fremont Avenue North.

For more information regarding the Safe Routes to School Program, visit - 30-

Seattle Department of Transportation

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