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Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: SDOT and Students Celebrate Safe Routes to School Project

3/27/2009  2:30:00 PM

SDOT and Students Celebrate Safe Routes to School Project
First of six schools to receive major pedestrian and bike improvements

SEATTLE - The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and students from Maple Elementary School today put the finishing touches on the first completed 2009 Safe Routes to School project, located near Cleveland High School. SDOT Director Grace Crunican and students from the nearby elementary school celebrated by planting 15 of the 270 trees slated for the neighborhood. Enhancing students' walkways and bike routes, this project is the first of six scheduled for 2009.

To address needs highlighted by the community, SDOT's Safe Routes to School program invested $90,000 in pedestrian and bicycle improvements utilizing Bridging the Gap funds. At the intersection of Swift Avenue S and S Albro Place, the department enlarged the bus stop area by installing 250 linear feet of sidewalk, remarked the crosswalk, replaced the guardrail and cut back vegetation. At 15th Avenue S, SDOT installed new school zone signage, flashing beacons and a southbound bike lane.

"The Safe Routes to School program is making significant improvements to pedestrian and bike facilities across Seattle, ensuring our schoolchildren can travel securely to and from their schools,” said Director Crunican. “I am excited to be here today with all these children, putting the finishing touches on this important project near Cleveland High School."

In 2009 the department will also improve students' paths to school at Sacajawea Elementary, North Beach Elementary, Blaine K-8, Kimball Elementary and Concord Elementary. Over the past two years, SDOT has enhanced pedestrian and bike facilities at eight schools: Sanislo Elementary, Broadview Thomson Elementary, Dunlap Elementary, Baily Gatzert Elementary, Northgate Elementary, Wing Luke Elementary, Arbor Heights Elementary and Summit K-12.

Bridging the Gap is the $365 million levy passed by Seattle voters in 2006. It enables much-needed work by SDOT, such as roadway paving, sidewalk development and repair, bridge maintenance, and tree pruning and planting. It also supports the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plans, enhanced transit connections and large Neighborhood Street Fund projects. Over the life of the nine-year levy, SDOT anticipates making major improvements at 30 schools across the city.

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $12 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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