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Village nets funding for improvements

January 7, 2013
The Leader Herald

ST. JOHNSVILLE - The village will receive almost $200,000 in federal funding for infrastructure improvements as part of a program to encourage elementary and middle school children to safely walk and bike to school.

New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald recently announced $26.5 million in federal Safe Routes to School funding for 64 project sponsors across the state to implement infrastructure improvements and public education campaigns to encourage elementary and middle school children to safely walk and bike to school, a news release said.

"The projects supported by this round of federal funding will help children get to school safely by providing features such as sidewalks, multi-use paths, crosswalks and pedestrian signals near schools," Commissioner McDonald said in the release.

The village is expected to receive $195,457 for curb ramps, crosswalks and signage near the DH Robbins Elementary School and St. Johnsville Junior/Senior High School, the release said.

Federal funding was made available to state DOT, which administers the SRTS program and will reimburse 100 percent of eligible project costs for these successful programs, the release said. Funding can be used for infrastructure improvement projects located within a two-mile radius of an elementary or middle school. Work can include installation of traffic signals or crosswalks, construction or rehabilitation of sidewalks and traffic mitigation measures.



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