Woodbury Receives Safe Routes To School Grant
Friday, January 20, 2012 12:30 pm
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer today announced Safe Routes to School funding for the Town of Woodbury totaling $223,250 for improvements near a local elementary school.
The Safe Routes to School Program is a statewide initiative designed to make bicycling and walking to school a safer, more appealing and healthier alternative for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
“Safety is a crucial component in our efforts to promote a healthier lifestyle for Tennessee children,” Haslam said. “The Safe Routes to School Program helps create safer walking and biking environments for students and funds activities to encourage children and their parents to increase their physical activity.”
Woodbury will utilize the Safe Routes to School funds to construct over 1700 linear feet of sidewalks near Woodbury Grammar School. Funds will also be used to launch a safety education program and promotional activities designed to encourage walking and bicycling as a safe and healthy alternative.
The grant is made possible through a federally funded program administered by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
“Safe Routes to School is an innovative program that provides an opportunity to work closely with schools, the community, and local government to create a safe environment for children to walk or bike to school,” said Commissioner Schroer. “Since 2007, these grants have funded more than 50 different improvement projects across the state.”
This year, TDOT provided more than $1.6 million in Safe Routes to School funds to 10 municipalities for projects across the state.
State Sen. Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet) and State Rep. Mark Pody (R-Lebanon) represent Cannon County in the Tennessee General Assembly.