SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Caltrans Wednesday awarded a dozen grants totaling nearly $5 million to agencies in San Diego County to fund projects that will make it safer for children to walk or bicycle home from school.
"By improving safety, more children are encouraged to walk and bicycle to school, ultimately resulting in healthier children and less traffic congestion," said acting Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.
The grants recipients include:
-- the city of El Cajon, $769,400 to build sidewalks and install pedestrian safety equipment near Greenfield Middle School and EJE Academies;
-- the county of San Diego, $670,800 to build sidewalks near Lakeview Elementary School in Lakeside;
-- the San Diego Unified School District, $500,000 to create a Southeast San Diego Safety Resource Network that will benefit Bell Middle School, Gompers Charter Middle School, Keiller Leadership Academy, Memorial Preparatory School for Scholars and Athletes and O'Farrell Community Middle School;
-- the National School District, $500,000 to conduct safety education and create an incentive program; and
-- the city of Encinitas, $331,200 to build raised medians, crosswalks and islands near Flores Elementary School.
The grants will fund similar programs and improvements in La Mesa, Lemon Grove, San Marcos, Santee and San Ysidro.
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