Grant to deliver safer routes to school |

Grant to deliver safer routes to school

A grant-funded Safe Routes to School improvement effort is moving forward at Grass Valley’s Lyman Gilmore Middle School and Scotten Elementary School.

School and community leaders spent part of a Friday workshop walking around the campuses, surveying problem areas along Squirrel Creek Road, where cars speed by students on their way to class.

Several infrastructure improvement projects are set to begin in the fall.

“Our goal is exercise and reducing traffic,” said Scotten School Principal John Baggett. Parents often make unsafe maneuvers or enter through exits while dropping off their children, he said.

A $574,000 state grant is being used for improvements – such as sidewalks – and educating the public about the health benefits of walking and biking to school, said Nevada County Safe Routes Coordinator Rich Looney.

A local coalition is also planning to apply for another state Safe Routes to School grant by the July deadline, Looney said.

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