Sunday, March 10, 2013

Boise School Trustees Consider Safer Walking, Biking Routes

Posted By on Sun, Mar 10, 2013 at 11:00 AM

When the Boise School District Board of Trustees convenes Monday, March 11, they'll be asked to approve a prioritized list of projects in cooperation with the Ada County Highway District —in order to improve walking and biking routes to many of the district's schools.

"I am happy to report that our participation in the Safe Routes to School Program and our partnership with Ada
County Highway District in this program has yielded significant infrastructure improvements throughout the
District," wrote Lanette Daw, the district's transportation supervisor, to the board of trustees.

The district has prioritized no fewer than 50 projects "that would help pedestrian safety for the students," according to the internal memo.

At the top of the 2013 prioritized list are:

- Replacement and repair of sidewalks on the East side of Owyhee and Malad streets, and Overland Road; to improve pathways to and around Whitney Elementary and South Junior High schools.
- New speed bumps on Owyhee Street in order to slow traffic near Whitney Elementary.
- A new traffic signal at the intersection of Owyhee and Nez Perce streets to serve students at Whitney Elementary and South Junior High.
- A new crossing signal on Maple Grove Road and Northview Street to improve safety near Morley Nelson Elementary and Fairmont Junior High schools.
- New sidewalks near Valley View Elementary School.
- A new crossing signal on State Street to create a safe walking route for Taft Elementary and Hillside Junior High schools.

There are 44 other projects included on the list, which will be presented Monday, March 11.

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