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Only 0.7 percent of federal transportation funds are spent on improving pedestrian facilities.

2014 Illinois Safe Routes to School awards announced

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Great news arrived yesterday for thousands of school children and families in Illinois. On November 17, 2014, the Illinois Department of Transportation announced the 2014 funding awards for the Illinois Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program.

A total of 58 infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects were approved for funding totaling $5.9 million dollars. The projects will enable and encourage more students to safely walk and bike to school. Funding was divided roughly equally between the Chicago metro region and the rest of the state's communities.

A sample of funded projects include:

  • LOTS of new or upgraded sidewalks;
  • Off-street trails
  • Curb cuts and sidewalk ramps for people with disabilities 
  • Pedestrian crossing improvements like countdown signals, refuge islands and flashing beacons
  • School zone and speed feedback signs and trailers
  • Creation of parent patrols and Walking School Buses

A full list of funded projects is here and also posted on IDOT's SRTS web page. Congratulations to all the awarded communities!