|For Immediate Release
March 19, 2010
Safe Routes to School
|Ten NH Communities Awarded $1.4 Million In Federal Grants
Safe Routes To School Projects To Encourage Walking And Biking
Programs and projects in ten New Hampshire communities ranging from bicycle safety education to sidewalk and trail construction will be reimbursed more than $1.4 million in federal funding in the latest round of grants awarded under the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program. It is the largest amount awarded in the history of the state program that began in November 2006.
The Town of Dublin, home of the late Doris "Granny D" Haddock, probably the state's most famous walker, will use a combination of Transportation Enhancement and SRTS funds to make the village center safer for pedestrians. The SRTS award will pay for a sidewalk that will separate walkers from motor vehicles on the campus of the Dublin Consolidated School.
Recognizing a need for teaching young bicyclists the rules of the road and safe, responsible riding, the Bike-Walk Alliance of New Hampshire will use nearly $43,000 for a "train the trainer" program using the League of American Bicyclists curriculum. In the North Country, Whitefield will pave an off-road path linking town center to an elementary school located on busy Route 3.
Other communities given awards this week in the latest round of competitive applications are Dover, Lebanon, Hillsborough, Manchester, Allenstown, Hopkinton, Wolfeboro, Whitefield, Northumberland (Groveton), and Littleton.
The NHDOT manages the program in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration. A total of 16 applications were reviewed by Regional Planning Commissions and a Statewide Advisory Committee before NHDOT Commissioner George Campbell approved their recommendations this week that totaled $1,444,122.
For more information, contact Coordinator John Corrigan at [email protected] or visit the Web site at www.nh.gov/dot/org/projectdevelopment/planning/srts/.