City, school district partner to pursue grant for crossing improvements

November 13, 2018

DIXON – The city and the Dixon School District are partnering to pursue a Safe Routes to School grant to make improvements to the crossing at Division Street and South Galena Avenue.

Talks about partnering for the grant started in the summer because of safety concerns in that area, which has student foot traffic from Reagan Middle School and Madison Elementary School, and the City Council recently approved a resolution of support for the grant.

The city and School District have agreed to split the cost of having a grant writer apply for the grant, with the maximum cost set at $6,000, City Manager Danny Langloss said.

The federal Safe Routes to School program reimburses projects that aim to make areas more walk- or bike-friendly for students to and from school, and funds are administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Examples of eligible projects include sidewalk improvements, traffic calming/speed reduction improvements, traffic control devices, pedestrian and bicycle crossing improvements, on-street bicycle facilities, off-street bicycle facilities, and secure bicycle parking facilities.

The grant application period ends in a week, and selected projects will be announced in March.

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