(St. Paul, MN) – Three southern Minnesota schools are the recipient of a $225,000 planning assistance grant from the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Safe Routes to School is an international program designed to increase physical activity, improve health and reduce traffic congestion around schools by making it safer and easier for students to walk and bicycle to school.
The 2018 Planning Assistance grant was awarded to the Region Nine Development Commission: City of Waseca and St. Clair School and the Southwest Regional Development Commission: Luverne Public School.
Waseca Public Schools superintendent Tom Lee says of the grant:
“[It] will allow us to look at a variety of options to create a safe crossing from the high school area on the west side of Hwy 13 to the east side, where Dairy Queen, Sportsmen Stop and McDonalds (all of great interest to our students) are found.”
Luverne superintendent Craig Oftedahl says:
“With the upcoming building project, we are excited to see how we can further enhance the safest routes to school with education, signage, infrastructure and possibly new routes. It will be fun to see all of the pieces come together with our project.”
Since 2005, MnDOT has awarded nearly $20 million in federal funds to communities to support Safe Routes to School.
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