Mar 3, 2016
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A mostly federally-funded project to enhance pedestrian safety near four Richmond elementary schools is moving forward after Richmond City Council approved awarding a contract to Ghilotti Bros., Inc.

The street improvements include new safety signs, in-roadway flashing lights, ADA-compliant curb ramps, pavement striping and markings near Ford, Grant, King, and Lincoln elementary schools in Richmond, according to city documents.

The photo above, courtesy of the city, is from a previously completed Safe Routes project near Nystrom Elementary.

The enhancement are meant to make it safer for students and their families to arrive and leave their schools.

The construction is funded through a $412,167 federal Safe Routes to School Cycle 1 grant, with a local contribution of 75,708 in Measure J funds.

Check back for an update on the timeline for when construction on this project is expected to begin and end.

The federal Safe Routes program came into effect in August of 2005 and emphasizes community collaboration in the development of projects that incorporate elements of the 5 E’s – education, encouragement, engineering, enforcement and evaluation.



About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.