$850,000 awarded to two Ross Valley projects

Thanks to the collective efforts of Supervisor Hal Brown, Councilman Peter Breen, the County of Marin and San Anselmo public works staff, and the Safe Routes to Schools team, two Ross Valley projects were awarded funding from the State Safe Routes to Schools Program. The projects totaling nearly $1 million in cost will be offset by roughly $850,000 from the State Safe Routes to Schools Program. The two projects will improve access to Bacich Elementary, Kent Middle, Upper and Lower Brookside Campuses, and San Dominico Schools.

The Kentfield Project will include reconstruction of a pathway along the east side of Wolfe Grade between the San Rafael City Limit and Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, improve pedestrian and vehicle access at the Bacich Elementary School McAllister driveway, and make safety improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists at the crossing of the Corte Madera Creek Multi-Use Path on College Avenue.

The San Anselmo Project will provide sidewalks and curb ramps along Butterfield Road and Brookside Drive and pedestrian as well as bicycle enhancements to the traffic signal at Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and Butterfield Road.

The Safe Routes to Schools programs in Ross Valley have been extremely proactive in working with parents, parent teachers associations, and school administrators, in addition to both City and County politicians and engineering staffs to identify problems that hinder a child's' ability to safely walk or bike to school. The applications for funding these projects were strongly supported by State Senator John Burton, Assemblyman Joe Nation and numerous local agencies.

"We've been aggressive in pursuing these competitive funds for these critical projects in our communities. This is one more step in a long process to help get school-age kids to walk and bike, thereby reducing congestion on our streets," stated Hal Brown, chair of the Ross Valley Safe Routes to School task force.


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