Safer Routes on the Way!

Two more Safe Routes to School (SRTS) projects are kicking off next month and we couldn’t be more excited! SRTS  is a national program for children and adults that encourages increased physical activity through walking and bicycling. SDOT supports this effort by funding route  improvements on streets surrounding schools.

The two schools chosen for the 2013-14 school year and their intended improvements are:

Site where future enhancements will be made on 30th Avenue SW for  Roxhill Elementary.

Site where future enhancements will be made on 30th Avenue SW by Roxhill Elementary.

Roxhill Elementary School where the most significant and visible improvement will be a new concrete sidewalk on the west side of 30th Avenue SW between SW Roxbury Street and SW 97th Street!  SDOT will also install a planting strip between the sidewalk and the street to create a buffer between traffic and pedestrians;, construct a curb bulb on the northeast corner of 30th Avenue SW and SW Roxbury Street to shorten the crossing distance; install ADA-compliant wheelchair ramps; rebuild driveways;  and add public art at the corner of SW Roxbury Street and 30th Avenue SW.

Location on NE 130th Place for coming SRTS additions at Olympic Hills Elementary.

Location on NE 130th Place for coming SRTS additions at Olympic Hills Elementary.

Olympic Hills Elementary will receive a similar treatment which includes a much-needed new sidewalk on the south side of NE 130th Street between 25th Avenue NE  and 28th Avenue NE;  a planting strip between the sidewalk and the street;  installation of ADA-compliant wheelchair ramps; rebuilt driveways;  and the addition of public art to the corner of NE 130th Street & 28th Avenue NE.

Both projects will begin construction the first week of January 2014 and last approximately 3 months.

The program is funded by Seattle’s Bridging the Gap levy, as well as grants from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission and the Washington State Department of Transportation. Thanks to  you all for your support in making routes to school safer!