The city has applied for a grant to fund infrastructure improvements designed to make the school zones safer.
“This is federal money and it is available statewide through the Safe Routes to School Michigan program,” City Manager Pat McGinnis said.
The cost for projects near Lakeshore would be $180,000 and Mary A. White projects would total about $190,000. The grant would provide $200,000 for each school, McGinnis said.
“They’re for mostly crosswalk and infrastructure improvements,” he explained. “Also, we’re going to put up some new crosswalk signs.”
McGinnis said the city would be notified at the end of the year if they'll get the grant, and the work would likely take place next summer.
The improved crosswalks would have handicap-textured ramps, sidewalks would be repaired and new road striping would be installed in crosswalk areas.
McGinnis said the city is looking to install solar-powered LED signs that would light up when pedestrians were crossing the street. “It’s not only better for our roads, but safer in the long run,” he said.
The potential work doesn’t stop at physical improvements.
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