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southampton-safe-routes-october-2018MassDOT, through the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Program, this week joined students, parents, and local leaders to celebrate the completion of pedestrian access and safety improvements to areas immediately surrounding the William E. Norris School in Southampton.

“MassDOT’s Safe Routes to School Program facilitates key connections and improvements to local roadways and related infrastructure that provide children safe access for walking and biking to schools,” said MassDOT Highway Division Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “We would like to thank state and local leaders, school administrators and staff, parents, and members of the broader school community for partnering with us to ensure that safe, healthy transportation options are instilled in our children.”

The infrastructure improvements included construction of a ten foot wide sidewalk along State Highway Route 10 (College Highway) and a five foot wide sidewalk along Helen Drive and Lynn Drive adjacent to the William E. Norris School. Improvements also included ADA-compliant wheelchair ramps, new pavement markings and signs, landscaping, tree trimming, rectangular rapid flashing beacon installation, municipal water distribution system improvements, and minor drainage improvements.

The Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Program is sponsored by MassDOT with funds from the Federal Highway Administration. Massachusetts Safe Routes to School emphasizes a collaborative, community-focused approach that fosters partnerships between advocacy groups, law enforcement, education leaders and public health departments that all work together to promote safer routes for children to walk and ride bicycles to and from school. Participating schools may also qualify for financial support for improvements to sidewalks and other infrastructure surrounding the schools. The program serves over 800 elementary and middle schools in 206 communities throughout the Commonwealth. School partners receive year-round pedestrian and bicycle safety education instruction, as well as engagement initiatives tailored to meet each school’s health, safety, and environmental priorities.

Learn more about the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Program.

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