Safe Routes to School funds going to communities around the state

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Awards offer planning assistance and funding to improve safety in neighborhoods

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June 6, 2022

To friends of Safe Routes to School,

We're pleased to announce awards for several communities that will further their efforts to create safe options for students going to and from schools.

Education Grants

For the 2023 and 2024 federal fiscal year, 13 Education Grants were awarded among three different funding tiers. These projects aim to encourage and educate students, parents and other community members on safe ways to get to school. We congratulate all awardees and look forward to continuing to support their projects.

Project Identification Assistance

We will also be working with 13 new communities as part of our Project Identification Program. These communities will receive consultant services to create a Safe Routes to School Plan. See examples of past plans here.

Construction program update

ODOT received 85 applicants requesting more than $80 million for sidewalks and safe crossings near schools during the first part of the Construction Grant solicitation. These applicants are now eligible to fill out Part 2 of the application by July 31, 2022. $26 million in grants will be awarded in January 2023 for these construction projects.

Thanks to everyone working to makes our communities safer!

For over 16 years, ODOT Safe Routes to School has been committed to helping communities implement safe routes to school programs, through education initiatives and infrastructure improvements. If you would like to learn more about what our Safe Routes to School team has been up to, please read our 2021 Annual Report.

Supporting multimodal transportation such as walking and rolling is a key part of ODOT's Strategic Action Plan. The Safe Routes to School Program helps Oregon communities make it easier to choose alternate modes of travel.

We look forward to working with you!

The SRTS Team

Heidi Manlove, Education Program, 503-986-4196

LeeAnne Fergason, Construction Program, 503-910-8994