RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -
Students at two elementary schools in Richmond will soon have a safer route to school.
The Richmond City Council is set to accept a $160,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Transportation at its council meeting Monday night. The money will be used to improve the areas surrounding William Fox Elementary and Mary Munford Elementary.
The VDOT sponsored Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) program is designed to make walking and biking to school safer and more appealing. Some parents have raised concerns about safety because of the high amount of traffic seen around Fox and Mary Munford Elementary schools.
Many projects outlined in the grant proposal include improvements that would alert drivers to the school zones. Plans for Mary Munford include speed limit flashers, a raised crosswalk along Westmoreland Street and traffic circles at Commonwealth Drive and N Willetta Drive and Commonwealth Street and S Willetta Drive. Pedestrian and school related signs and pavement markings would be placed at both schools.
Thomas Flynn, Richmond city transportation engineer, said it would take 10-12 months before the projects are complete. After city council accepts the grant VDOT must release the funding and plans must be made before construction begins.