Safe Routes To School Program Gets Funding From Federal Government Via The Minnesota Department Of Transportation
A new grant facilitated by the Minnesota Department of Transportation seeks to make the route to school safer for children in the state. MnDOT announced the recipients of $3.8 million in federal grants for Safe Routes To School. 105 schools in 61 communities will benefit – including some in our area.
Schools received grants in three categories:
- Planning – Funding to complete a Safe Routes to School plan to help analyze existing conditions, gather public input and identify potential infrastructure and non-infrastructure solutions at K-8 schools.
- Non-Infrastructure – Funding for education, encouragement, enforcement and evaluation activities.
- Infrastructure – Funding for improving the environment and infrastructure around the schools such as crosswalks and trails.
S.Since 2005, MnDOT has awarded nearly $15.5 million in federal funds to communities to support Safe Routes To School. The majority of the funding – $13.1 million – was awarded for infrastructure projects.
Local communities receiving funding include Bigfork, Carlton, Cromwell, Floodwood, Grand Rapids, and Wrenshall. For the complete list and more details, click here.