$4 Million Up for Grabs to Create Safer Routes to School in Minnesota

By KBJR News 1

$4 Million Up for Grabs to Create Safer Routes to School in Minnesota

October 19, 2012 Updated Oct 19, 2012 at 5:29 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Four million federal dollars are up for grabs to help create safer routes for children to walk or bike to school.

Minnesota elementary and middle schools and their partners are being encouraged to apply for Safe Routes to School grants.

The money can be used for infrastructure improvements, such as sidewalk and trail repairs, education and enforcement, and planning assistance.

One MnDOT planning Director says several studies has shown where there are needs for safer routes to Duluth schools.

"Different sidewalk stretches around the Congdon area, there's also some out by the new middle school, a lot of educational efforts as well and actually just getting walking to school busses, parents getting kids together, picking up kids along the way, avoiding the stranger-danger," said Bryan Anderson, MnDOT Dist. Planning Director.

Applications are due February 15, 2013.

Since 2005, MnDOT has given out $11.3 million in Safe Routes to School grants.

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