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Safe Routes To School

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a federally-funded grant program which enables community leaders, schools and parents across the United States to improve safety and encourage more children, including children with disabilities, to safely walk and bicycle to school. As an added benefit, SRTS programs are working to reduce traffic congestion and improve health and the environment, making communities more livable for everyone.

SRTS provides funding for infrastructure (sidewalks, pedestrian signals, crosswalks, etc.) and non-infrastructure (promotional items, incentive items, pedestrian and bicycle safety classes, etc.) projects. + The funding is through a reimbursement program, but does not require any matching funds.

In Louisiana, the Safe Routes to School program is administered as a grant program through the Louisiana Department of Transportation (LaDOTD). Lafayette Consolidated Government was awarded a Safe Routes to School grant for a project to construct sidewalks in the areas of Woodvale Elementary and L. J. Alleman Middle School. This SRTS project is currently in the design phase of project development.

As a result of collaboration between Lafayette Consolidated Government, the Lafayette Parish School System (LPSS) and the Lafayette Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the Lafayette MPO submitted three applications for 2010 Safe Routes to School grants and was awarded grants for all three schools:

  • Duson Elementary
  • Ernest J. Gallet Elementary
  • Ossun Elementary

These three projects are in the initial stages of project development stage.

 
 

Duson Elementary School SRTS Project

Project Location:
            Duson, Louisiana
Limits of Project:
            construction on Duson Elementary School property west of D Street and connecting 4th Street and 5th Street
Estimated Construction Cost:
            $32,900
Funding Agency:
            LaDOTD
Project Description:
            The proposed project will include construction of a 5' wide sidewalk and three crosswalks connecting 4th Street and 5th Street in the area of Duson Elementary. The proposed sidewalks and crosswalks will provide a safer walking path for students who are currently forced to walk in the street to access the school. A program to encourage pedestrian and bike safety will also be instituted at the school. Additional funding for School Zone speed enforcement is also included in the grant.
Schedule:
            Preliminary Engineering Design
Contact Information:
            Name:  Melanie Bordelon (LCG-TT)
            Phone #: (337) 291-8120
            E-mail:  mbordelon@lafayettela.gov

Ernest J. Gallet Elementary School SRTS Project

Project Location:
            Youngsville, Louisiana
Limits of Project:
            Sidewalk construction along La. 92 and the east side of the Ernest J. Gallet bus driveway connecting the existing sidewalk along Fieldcrest Parkway, the entrance to Fieldcrest Estates, to the existing bus drop-off/pick-up area at the school. This design layout keeps the sidewalk and bus lane separate, and eliminates conflicts between pedestrian and bus traffic.
Estimated Construction Cost:
            $97,000
Funding Agency:
            LaDOTD
Project Description:
            The proposed project will construct a sidewalk connecting E.J. Gallet Elementary school to an adjacent subdivision with existing sidewalks. This sidewalk connection will provide connectivity to the school and potentially reduce the number of parent using the parent pick-up driveway. The project will also include activities to encourage students to walk to school. Additional funding for School Zone speed enforcement is also included in the grant.
Schedule:
            Preliminary Engineering Design
Contact Information:
            Name:  Melanie Bordelon (LCG-TT)
            Phone #: (337) 291-8120
            E-mail:  mbordelon@lafayettela.gov

L. J. Allemen Middle School/Woodvale Elementary School SRTS Project

Project Location:
           
Limits of Project:
           
Estimated Construction Cost:
           
Funding Agency:
           
Project Description:
           
Schedule:
           
Contact Information:
            Name:  Travis Smith (LCG-TT)
            Phone #: (337) 291-8506
            E-mail:  tsmith@lafayetteLa.gov

Ossun Elementary School SRTS Project

Project Location:
            Lafayette Parish, Louisiana
Limits of Project:
            Construction of a 5 foot wide sidewalk from the west side of the front drive along the front drive to Rue Scholastique. The sidewalk then continues along Rue Scholastique to the west approximately 128 feet. The area along Rue Scholastique is currently open ditch drainage. The project will include the installation of underground storm drainage in the area of the sidewalk construction. The project will also included the installation of sidewalks and crosswalks across Rue Scholastique at Crooked Creek and Trewhill Parkway. These sidewalks and associated crosswalks will provide a safer walking pattern for students accessing Ossun Elementary from the residential areas to the south of the school.
Estimated Construction Cost:
            $77,000
Funding Agency:
            LaDOTD
Project Description:
            The proposed project will construct 5 foot sidewalks and crosswalks at two locations. To access the school now, students are forced to walk on Rue Scholastique, a two-lane roadway with no shoulders and open ditch drainage. The project will also include activities to encourage students to walk to school. Additional funding for School Zone speed enforcement is also included in the grant.
Schedule:
            Preliminary Engineering Design
Contact Information:
            Name:  Melanie Bordelon (LCG-TT)
            Phone #: (337) 291-8120
            E-mail:  mbordelon@lafayettela.gov
 

     
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