Bennett Elementary in Southwest Detroit sees major upgrades to improve Safe Routes to School, thanks to MDOT grant

Detroit Public Schools’ Bennett Elementary in Southwest Detroit is seeing major upgrades to sidewalks and crosswalks to improve its Safe Routes to School, thanks to a federal grant.

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)  in October 2011 announced that seven Michigan schools in four counties would receive federal Safe Routes to School (SRTS) grants averaging approximately $148,000 per school. The grants will pay for safety improvements and education programs aimed at encouraging students to travel safely between home and school.

See the Channel 7 story here: http://wxyz.com/dpp/news/dps–mdot-make-routes-safer-for-kids

Bennett Elementary School, located at 2111 Mullane, in partnership with MDOT and the city of Detroit, will  see  sidewalks and crosswalks installed on Mandale, Lawndale, Whittaker, Senator and Mullane streets, and will implement pedestrian safety education and “Walking School Bus” programs. The project budget is $426,375.

Federal SRTS funding enables schools to make infrastructure improvements and offer educational activities and safety campaigns that encourage students to walk and bicycle safely between home and school. MDOT and the Michigan Fitness Foundation partner to work with schools, neighborhoods, students, teachers, parents, school transportation directors and local law enforcement agencies, according to MDOT.

MDOT’s role is to administer the federally legislated SRTS program that creates opportunities for collaboration with agencies and partners not traditionally involved with transportation funding. The SRTS program provides educational programs, infrastructure improvements and encouragement activities to help children safely walk and bike to school and increase their physical activity. Funding was established by Congress under the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users of 2005 (SAFETEA-LU). SRTS funding is 100 percent federal, with no local match required. More information is available at online at: www.saferoutesmichigan.org.

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