Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray today announced a $500,000 grant from MassDOT's Safe Routes to School program for design of sidewalk improvements along Hollett Street in the area around Hatherly Elementary School in Scituate.
The sidewalk improvement project includes construction of approximately 2,800 feet of sidewalk along Hollett Street along with crosswalks, pedestrian warning signs, and accessible ramp upgrades.
The Safe Routes to School Program works with students, parents, school staff, and local police in over 100 Massachusetts communities and more than 300 schools to promote walking and bicycling to school. This program seeks to improve students' health, reduce traffic congestion, and improve air quality in Massachusetts communities.
The Safe Routes to School program is also a key component of the Healthy Transportation Compact, an initiative of the Patrick-Murray Administration's historic transportation reform that promotes collaboration between the departments of transportation and public health to adopt best practices, increase efficiency, and achieve positive health outcomes through the coordination of land use, transportation, and public health policy.