'Safe Routes' dollars won't be spent on sidewalks
June 18. 2013 2:27PM
The City of Dell Rapids was hoping to build sidewalks near the elementary school with grant money from the state. But after the Department of Transportation awarded $50,298 – about a quarter of what Dells officials were pursuing – to Dell Rapids for the Safe Routes to School initiative, the City learned none of the grant dollars may be spent on sidewalks.
The City had submitted a grant application to the transportation department seeking $215,000 to build the sidewalks, fund some youth programming to promote safe travel, and install flashing lights on Garfield Avenue for the middle and high schools.
City administrator Justin Weiland said about half of the granted dollars from the state are to be spent on programming, while the other half be used to install the flashing lights on Garfield Ave.
According to the transportation department, eligible safety programming includes incentive programs, safety and health education, law enforcement assistance, safety campaigns, bicycle rodeo activities, bicycle physical education programs, in-street yield signs, walking school buses and bicycle trains.
In all, 10 communities were awarded grant dollars as a part of the program, totally about $900,000.
Safe Route grants awarded
Alcester - $115,743.76
Big Stone City – $173,356
Centerville - $8,225
Dell Rapids - $50,298
Estelline - $106,531.25
Elk Point - $199,692.50
Iroquois - $5,878
Madison - $35,501
Valley Springs - $131,466.75
Viborg - $11,931.70