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Funding sought for safer route

October 1, 2012
The Leader Herald

FONDA- The village is seeking more than $200,000 in state Department of Transportation grant money to develop safer ways for students to get to Fonda-Fultonville Central School, a news release said.

Shelly Cool, of Cool Community Consulting, said she was given permission to apply for $209,500 in grant funds from the DOT's Safe Routes to School Program, a federally aided program that "promotes safe, healthy alternatives to riding the bus or being driven to and from school."

"The main purpose and emphasis is to encourage and enable children, including those with disabilities, to safely walk and bicycle to and from school; resulting in a healthier lifestyle, as well as a reduction in vehicular traffic and fuel consumption," Cool said in a news release.

The funding would be used for a sidewalk enhancement program and a bike safety course taught by the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department. The sidewalk enhancement program would include the upper portion of Old Bridge Street, leading to the northside of Upper Prospect Street, intersecting with Cemetery Street and then linking with school property.

The grant application must be reviewed, and the results will be announced in mid-December.



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