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April 7, 2014

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MnDOT Safe Routes to School grants support 138 Minnesota schools


ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation today announced the recipients of $4.8 million in federal grants for Safe Routes to School. The grants will support Safe Routes to School at 138 schools in 50 communities.

“These projects will help communities increase opportunities for children to walk and bike to school,” said MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle. “More students walking and biking means less traffic on the road and in front of schools, improving safety and promoting healthier kids.”

Schools received grants in two categories:

  • Planning – Funding to complete a Safe Routes to School plan to help analyze existing conditions, gather public input and identify potential infrastructure and non-infrastructure solutions at K-8 schools. Plans will be completed by the Regional Development Commission or a planning consultant hired by MnDOT.
  • Infrastructure – Funding for improving the environment and infrastructure around the schools such as crosswalks and trails.

MnDOT announced the available grants in December 2013. It received 85 applications and funded 60 applications. The total amount requested was $11.3 million.

All Safe Routes to School grants in this solicitation are federal funds. The infrastructure grant includes a 20 percent local match. Each infrastructure grant includes a resolution of support from the local governing body to ensure community support. No local match is required for planning assistance grants.

Since 2005, MnDOT awarded nearly $15.5 million in federal funds to communities to support Safe Routes to School. The majority of funding—$13.1 million—was awarded for infrastructure projects. The remainder was allocated for non-infrastructure items and activities.

This solicitation used the remaining federal Safe Routes to School funds. Federal funding for the program is now available through the new Transportation Alternatives Program. Safe Routes to School projects occur in all 50 states.

The list of grant recipients is below. More information is available at www.mndot.gov/saferoutes.

Safe Routes to School 2014-2016 grant:

2014 Planning- Regional Development Commission Communities

Arrowhead Regional Development Commission
Grand Marais, Moose Lake, Fond du Lac, Esko, Barnum, Duluth, Hermantown, Proctor—15 schools
—East Central Regional Development Commission
Hinckley, Mora, Ogilvie – 6 schools
—Headwaters Regional Development Commission                           
Bemidji and Park Rapids—3 schools
—Mid-Minnesota Development Commission                          
Olivia, Bird Island, Dassel and Hutchinson--6 schools                                               
—Region Five Development Commission                               
Little Falls, Cass Lake—6 schools                 
—Region Nine Development Commission                              
Blue Earth, Fairmont, Madelia, North Mankato/Eagle Lake, New Ulm and St. James—21 schools       
—Southwest Regional Development Commission                             
Heron Lake, Okebena and Worthington—4 schools                                    
—West Central Initiative                         
Ashby, Glyndon, New York Mills, Waubun-Ogema-White Earth, and Rothsay—5 schools

2014 Planning- MnDOT Planning Consultant Communities

- Becker—3 schools
- Buffalo- 1 school
- Big Lake—4 schools
- Jordan—2 schools
- Maplewood—2 schools
- Forest Lake—6 schools
- Grandview Middle School, Mound- 1 school
- JJ Montessori Magnet School, St. Paul--1 school
- Mahtomedi —3 schools
- Seward Montessori School, Minneapolis--1 school
- South Washington County Schools—9 schools
- St. Charles—2 schools
- Rogers--3 schools



2015-2016 Infrastructure

Deer River, Itasca County (2016) -- Sidewalk connections to King Elementary and Deer River High School.

Two Harbors & Silver Bay, Lake County (2016) -- Path and crossing improvements for Two Harbors High School and William Kelly Schools.

Cloquet, Carlton County (2016) -- Path connection and crossing improvements for Churchill Elementary, Cloquet Middle School, and Washington Elementary School.

Grygla, Marshall County (2015) -- Sidewalk, lighting and crossing improvements along TH 86 to Grygla School.

Sartell, Stearns County (2016) -- Sidewalk and crossing improvements along 2nd Street S for Pine Meadow Elementary, Sartell Middle and High School.

Frazee, Becker County (2015) -- Multi-use trail connection to Frazee Elementary and Frazee-Vergas High School.

Battle Lake, Otter Tail County (2015) -- Sidewalk connection along Main Street, Olaf Ave, and Roosevelt Ave Path from the north to Battle Lake School.

Perham, Otter Tail County (2015) -- Sidewalk along 9th Street, off-road path to the elementary school, crossing improvements along 2nd Avenue SW, and separate bus one way exit for HOL Elementary and Prairie Wind Middle School.

Red Wing, Goodhue County (2015) – Reconstruction of intersection in front of Twin Bluff Middle School and improvements to crossings.

Stewartville, Olmsted County (2016) -- Sidewalk connection on 3rd Ave SW, 8th Street SE, and 6th St SE for Bonner Elementary and Stewartville Middle School.

Wells, Faribault County (2015) --Sidewalk connections and crossing improvements along Garlock St, 2nd Ave SW, SW 7th St, 6th Ave SW, 3rd St SW, and 4th Ave SW for United South Central School.

Lakefield, Jackson County (2015) -- Path connection and crossing improvement from the south neighborhood to Pleasantview Elementary School.

Maplewood, Ramsey County (2015) --Multi-use trail and crossing improvements along County Rd B and sidewalk connection on White Bear Ave N for Weaver Elementary and John Glenn Middle School.

West St. Paul, Dakota County (2016) --Sidewalk/path connections and crossing improvements along Wentworth and Bellow Street to Garlough Elementary School.

Rosemount, Dakota County (2016) -- Sidewalk and crossing improvements along 144th to Rosemount Elementary.

Forest Lake, Washington County (2016) -- Path connections along US Hwy 61, 8th St SE, and 11th Ave SE to connect Forest Lake High School, Century Junior High School, Saint Peter's Catholic School, and Lakes International Language Academy.

Jordan, Scott County ( 2016) -- Sidewalk and crossing improvements along Sunset Drive for Jordon Elementary School, Middle School, and High School.

Rosemount, Dakota County (2016) -- Path connection to the school from the south and improve crossing on Evermoor Pkwy for students from the east.