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IDOT seeks ‘Safe Routes to School’ project proposals

Information provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (August 23, 2021) – With summer break coming to an end and students hitting the books, the Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that it is seeking proposals for projects that will help children walk and bike to school through the Safe Routes to School program. The funding opportunity further highlights IDOT’s commitment under Governor JB Pritzker to promote and expand active transportation options in communities throughout Illinois.

Administered by IDOT using federal funds, Safe Routes to School supports projects that improve safety and reduce traffic in areas around elementary and middle schools. The new grant cycle will distribute a total of $12 million for infrastructure projects only. Projects can include new sidewalks, speed monitoring systems, and improvements to make routes more accessible for individuals with disabilities. A 20% local match is required, with a maximum award of $250,000.

“Children who walk or bike to school from an early age have a leg up on creating an active, healthy lifestyle that benefits both them and the environment,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. “We are proud to offer this program to help ensure every student has the opportunity to take advantage of these obvious benefits by providing safe and enjoyable routes to school.”

Application details

Successful applications must demonstrate how the projects will encourage students to walk or bike. Eligible applicants include school districts, local governments, planning organizations and nonprofit associations. Greater benefit will be placed on schools with higher percentages of low-income students and students with disabilities.

The deadline to apply is September 30. The awards will be announced early next year.

For more information, including selection criteria, visit https://idot.click/SRTS or email [email protected].

Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT)
Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT)https://idot.illinois.gov
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) facilitates the inter-connectivity of all transportation modes for the efficient movement of people and goods. The roots of the agency can be traced back more than a century, for as long as cars, highways, and air traffic have moved people around the state. IDOT sends traffic-related news releases to The Lansing Journal, and we publish those that are relevant to readers in our community.