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Braintree, Safe Routes to School, Ross Elementary, November 10, 2015MassDOT today joined students, parents and local leaders to celebrate the completion of pedestrian access and safety improvements at the Donald Ross Elementary School in Braintree.

The improvements, constructed by MassDOT with funds from the Federal Highway Administration and support through the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Program, created new infrastructure to support walking for not only today’s children, but for future generations.

Safety improvements included a new sidewalk along the west side of Burroughs Road, between Elm Street and Perry Road, along with a new sidewalk along the south side of Perry Road, between Burroughs Road and Bower Road. Additionally, at the intersections of Commercial Street, Elm Street, and Hayward Street traffic signal upgrades were made to go along with new crosswalk pavement markings and signage, as well as ADA compliant wheelchair ramps and drainage improvements.

Since partnering with the Safe Routes to School Program in 2008, Donald Ross Elementary staff and parents have collaborated with MassDOT to address neighborhood safety-related barriers for students who want to walk to school. School partners receive year-round pedestrian safety education instruction as well as engagement initiatives tailored to meet each school’s health, safety and environmental priorities.

The Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Program is sponsored by MassDOT with funds from the Federal Highway Administration. Participating schools may also qualify for financial support for improvements to sidewalks and other infrastructure surrounding the schools. The program serves over 700 elementary and middle schools in 190 communities throughout the Commonwealth.

Learn more about the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Program.

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