Safe Routes to Schools Project begins Monday in Parsons - KOAM TV 7

Safe Routes to Schools Project begins Monday in Parsons



Safe Routes to Schools Project begins Monday in Parsons

PARSONS, KS — Parsons residents traveling on West Main Street should allow a little extra time beginning on Monday, September 16. Mission Construction was awarded the bid from KDOT, and is expected begin work on Main Street in front of Parsons Middle School as part of the Safe Routes to Schools Grant Program. The city was awarded the grant to make a variety of safety and infrastructure improvements near Parsons Middle School.

During the first phase of the safety enhancements, the Main Street crosswalk in front of Parsons Middle School will be under reconstruction. Parents will have to drop off children along 28th Street. No Main Street drop-offs will be allowed due to construction activity. In addition, children walking or biking to school will need to cross Main Street before getting to the Middle School. Residents are asked to allow extra time, expect minor delays and to use extreme caution in the area during the project.

According to KDOT’s website, the Safe Routes to Schools Program provides funding projects such as improvements to sidewalks, traffic calming, pedestrian and bicycle crossing, on- and off-street bicycle facilities, secure bicycle parking, and traffic diversions. The Parsons project will include sidewalk improvements, crosswalk warning lights and radar signage, and crosswalk safety improvements. A copy of the proposed engineer’s plan for the Safe Routes to Schools work can be found online at http://www.ksdot.org/burconsmain/contracts/Proposals/Plans/513072454p.pdf

For more information regarding the Safe Routes to Schools Project, contact Darrell Moyer, City of Parsons Director of Engineering, at dmoyer@parsonsks.com or 620-421-7020.

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