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Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: City Announces 2008 Safe Routes to School Sites

1/31/2008  1:00:00 AM

City Announces 2008 Safe Routes to School Sites
Seattle Department of Transportation to Enhance Students’ Safety near Five Schools

SEATTLE- The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) announced today the school sites where work will occur for the 2008 Safe Routes to School program. The schools selected were Broadview-Thomson Elementary, Summit K-12, Gatzert Elementary, Sanislo Elementary, and Dunlap Elementary. Each site will receive approximately $70,000 from Bridging the Gap funds for built improvements, such as sidewalks, as well as for extra safety education and enforcement efforts.

“As part of our commitment to enhancing pedestrian and bicycle safety citywide, we are pleased to announce our Safe Routes to School sites for 2008,” said SDOT Director Grace Crunican. “Work this year will build on the program’s 2007 successes, which enhanced safety for children walking and biking to Northgate Elementary and Arbor Heights Elementary. This Bridging the Gap program helps protect children going to and from schools and is a vital part of making Seattle walkable and bikeable for all generations.”

The Safe Routes to School program improves pedestrian and bicycle safety near schools through education, encouragement, enforcement, and engineering efforts. The Bridging the Gap transportation levy provides nearly $2 million a year for safety initiatives like Safe Routes to School and new sidewalk construction. In 2007, as part of Bridging the Gap, SDOT built 13 new blocks of sidewalks and repaired the equivalent of 14 blocks.

The Northgate Elementary project installed sidewalks on First Avenue Northeast between North 117th Street and North 120th Street. The road near the school now has a designated walkway, where none existed before, and should encourage children and other residents in the area to walk and bike more.

Phase I of the Arbor Heights Elementary project, along Southwest 104th Street, installed curbs and gutters to prevent vehicles from parking on the current asphalt walkway, which often discouraged children from walking to school. Phase II began on January 7th and will feature a new concrete sidewalk leading to school property, new curb ramps at 39th Avenue Southwest, and rehabilitation of the existing asphalt walkway.

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $8 billion transportation infrastructure. To further Mayor Nickels’ goal to get Seattle moving, the department manages short- and long-term investments in streets, bridges, pavement and trees, that better connect the city with the region.

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