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City receives school safety improvement grant

Posted: July 23, 2012 5:54 p.m.
Updated: July 23, 2012 5:54 p.m.


The city of Santa Clarita has received a $450,000 grant from the state to pay for pedestrian safety improvements at three local schools, city officials announced Monday.

The grant will be used to construct improvements around Plum Canyon, Mountainview and Fair Oaks Ranch elementary schools. Two schools are in Saugus and one is in Canyon Country.

The Safe Routes to School program encourages children to walk and bike to school by creating safer transportation routes. The improvements include curb extensions to slow vehicles and reduce crossing distances, speed feedback displays to alert motorists to vehicle speed, raised crosswalks to reduce vehicle speeds and ladder-style crosswalk marking to increase visibility.

City officials plan to complete the improvements summer 2013. The city has been awarded seven infrastructure grants for $3.4 million to help 21 elementary schools in the Newhall, Saugus and Sulphur Springs districts.




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