Projects intended to help students ride their bicycles or walk to school more safely received a significant boost from the Regional Transportation Council (RTC).
The RTC allocated $12.2 million to 22 Safe Routes to School projects this month. The projects range from sidewalks and crosswalks to bicycle-pedestrian trails providing better access to schools. Seven of the projects are in Fort Worth.
An additional $22 million was awarded to 12 active transportation projects, consisting mainly of shared-use paths and on-street bike lanes. In all, 34 projects spanning 16 communities and eight North Texas counties received a total of $34.2 million. The entities awarded funding will contribute $12.4 million in local match, bringing the total investment in the region’s bicycle and pedestrian facilities to $46.6 million.
Fort Worth projects:
Bonnie Brae Elementary School, 3504 Kimbo Road. $310,677 in federal funding plus $159,271 local match.
Christene C. Moss Elementary School, 4108 Eastland St. $310,736 in federal funding plus $324,150 local match.
D. McRae Elementary School, 3427 Ave. M. $383,734 in federal funding plus $301,131 local match.
Daggett Elementary and Montessori School, 958 Page Ave. $428,775 in federal funding plus $324,566 local match.
Diamond Hill Elementary School, 2000 Dewey St. $676,906 in federal funding plus $311,260 local match.
Mary Louise Phillips Elementary School, 3020 Bigham Blvd. $551,405 in federal funding plus $190,851 local match.
W.J. Turner Elementary School, 3000 N.W. 26th St. $541,572 in federal funding plus $189,368 local match.
Work at the schools will be staggered to begin late this year through spring of 2018.
Another project of note is the 1.5-mile Dallas Road Transit-Oriented Development Corridor/Cotton Belt Trail extension in Grapevine, which will connect the Cotton Belt and Links trails, and also provide pedestrian and safety improvements along West Dallas Road. This will make it easier for nearby residents to use bicycle and pedestrian facilities to reach the TEXRail station when the commuter line opens late next year.
Funding was provided through the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.
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