The City of Santa Clarita has been awarded a $450,000 grant from the State of California Department of Transportation for the Suggested Routes to School (SRTS) program to help create a safer and healthier environment where students can walk or bike to school.
This Week in Santa Clarita interviews Senior Traffic Engineer Ian Pari about the new grant funds that will be used to construct improvements around Plum Canyon, Mountainview, and Fair Oaks Ranch elementary schools to promote alternative means of transportation.
The Suggested Routes program encourages children to walk and bike to school by creating safer transportation routes through funding projects that remove the barriers that currently prevent students and families from walking or biking. Not only does the program encourage a safe and healthy active lifestyle, it reduces traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of schools.
Specific improvements being constructed will include curb extensions to slow vehicles and reduce crossing distances, speed feedback displays to alert motorists to vehicle speeds, raised cross walks to reduce vehicle speeds, and ladder-style cross walk marking to increase visibility.
The City has been awarded seven SRTS grants for infrastructure improvements around 21 elementary schools in the Newhall, Saugus, and Sulphur Springs Districts, for a total of $3.4 million.
For more information, contact the Senior Traffic Engineer Ian Pari at (661) 284-1402 or visit Santa-Clarita.com.