Florida Department of Transportation District Safety Engineer Scott Lent, informed local St. Johns County reporters at Historic City News that walking to school will soon become a safer option for students at Switzerland Middle and Hickory Creek Elementary schools.
Construction began this week on a new five-foot wide sidewalk as part of the national Safe Routes to School initiative. New walkways will be built east of SR-13 and will extend from Remington Forest Drive to Greenbriar Road; where they will connect with the existing sidewalk leading to the two schools.
The construction of this half-mile sidewalk, funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration, should be finished this spring at a cost of $214,375.
The goals of the Safe Routes to School program are to enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school; to make the trip to school safer and more appealing; and to facilitate planning, development and implementation of projects that will improve safety, and reduce traffic, fuel consumption and air pollution in the vicinity of schools.