LANSING, Mich.— On Monday, State Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced that six schools in four counties throughout the state will receive Safe Routes to School (SRTS) grants to encourage more students to walk and bicycle safely to school.
Federal SRTS funding enables schools to make infrastructure improvements and offer educational activities, such as the Walking School Bus program.
“The SRTS funding enables our local school districts to improve on infrastructure in order to allow our students the best opportunities possible,” said Casperson. “Munising schools will now have the proper funding to improve their facilities, focusing on student safety first and foremost.”
William G. Mather Elementary School in Munising will install sidewalks and crosswalks on M-28 and Cherry and Jewell streets, along with upgraded signs and pavement markings at the intersections of Elm Ave. and Jewell St., and Elm Ave. and Chocolay St.
The school also will implement a walking school bus program, weekly walk/bike to school days, a park-and-walk program, a student safety patrol, and a program for adult volunteers. The project budget is $119,757.
“The Safe Routes to School program enables schools and communities to make transportation improvements that make walking and bicycling safer options for students of all ages,” said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. “With this round of federal funding, MDOT is helping to establish Safe Routes programs in schools all the way from the Upper Peninsula to Detroit, and encourage children to develop active, healthy lifestyles.”