Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Safe Routes to School

About 2013 grant awards

MnDOT had $4.3 million in federal grants for Safe Routes to School. It was a highly competitive grant process with 102 applications received, requesting nearly $15 million in funding.

Planning Assistance Grants

  • Received 24 applications requesting over $350,000
  • The median amount awarded by plan was $10,000 but varies by locations, size of the schools, and other variables
  • Planning work will begin in August 2013 and wrap up in summer 2014
  • Plans are completed by local Regional Development Commissions. Schools located in Non-RDC areas work with a MnDOT hired consultant.

Non-infrastructure Implementation Grants

  • Received 15 applications requesting over $950,000 requested
  • These grants will begin in August 2013 and continue for 2 years
  • Many of these communities will be implementing action items from their 2012-2013 school SRTS plans

Infrastructure grants

  • Received 63 applications requesting more than $15 million
  • The communities will begin work this spring on preliminary engineering
  • Construction of the projects will be completed during the summer of 2014

Planning assistance grant recipients

  • Austin, Mower County - 6 schools
  • Bigfork, Itasca County - 1 school
  • Blackduck, Beltrami County - 1 school
  • Carlton, Carlton County- 1 school
  • Clarkfield, Yellow Medicine County - 1 school
  • Cromwell, Carlton County - 1 school
  • Crosby, Crow Wing County - 2 schools
  • Frazee, Becker County - 2 schools
  • Floodwood, St. Louis County - 1 school
  • Glenwood, Pope County - 1 school
  • Kelliher, Beltrami County - 1 school
  • Lake Crystal, Blue Earth County - 1 school
  • Lake Park, Becker County - 2 schools
  • Le Sueur, Le Sueur County - 2 schools
  • Montevideo, Chippewa County - 2 schools
  • Montgomery, Le Sueur, and Lonsdale; Le Sueur & Rice counties - 4 schools
  • Parkers Prairie, Otter Tail County - 2 schools
  • Rice, Benton County - 1 school
  • Rushford, Fillmore County - 1 school
  • Sartell, Stearns & Benton counties - 2 schools
  • St. Anthony Village, Hennepin County - 1 school
  • Wrenshall, Carlton County - 1 school

Non-infrastructure implementation grant recipients

  • Better Living Exercise and Nutrition Daily (BLEND), Stearns & Benton counties, 5 schools ($96,000) - Hire a coordinator to implement education and enforcement activities, provide support for crossing guards and purchase supplies/materials for SRTS programs.
  • Carlton County Public Health & Human Services, Carlton County, 8 schools ($25,300) - Increase student access to bicycles and bicycling education in Carlton County by purchasing a bicycle fleet and trailer, funding one year of maintenance and purchasing of helmets/ tools needed for bicycling maintenance.
  • City of Red Wing, Goodhue County, 1 school ($27,700) - Fund a part-time SRTS coordinator to collaborate and implement “Out Your Front Door” walking and biking to school maps and posters; National Walk/Bike to School Day; Park & Walk-Walking Wednesdays; neighborhood “bus hubs;” bike safety training; Fix a Bike program; publicity; digital speed signs and crosswalk “stings;” and evaluation. 
  • Columbia Heights Public Schools, Anoka County, 4 schools ($12,000) - Provide access to bicycles and bicycle education through purchasing a bike fleet, bike maintenance training for staff and students and tools for bicycle repair.
  • Mankato Area Public Schools, Blue Earth County, 6 schools ($52,000) - Hire a part-time SRTS coordinator to manage education and encouragement activities, develop walking maps and assist with additional SRTS activities. 
  • Minneapolis Public Schools, Hennepin County, 5+ schools ($96,000) - Hire a SRTS coordinator, purchase a district-wide bicycle fleet and provide education and encouragement activities.
  • Rochester-Olmsted Planning Department, Olmsted County, 5+ schools ($83,000) - Develop education and encouragement materials, provide a coordinator and resource support for a middle school student bicycling cooperative and provide safety campaign marketing materials.
  • South Washington County Schools, Washington County, 8 schools ($62,000) - Hire a SRTS coordinator to assist the school SRTS teams, purchase safety equipment and training for school safety patrols, purchase incentives for students and pay for SRTS safety campaign materials.
  • Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission, Swift, Chippewa, Yellow Medicine, & Lac qui Parle counties, 7 schools ($71,000) - Hire a regional coordinator to provide support for education, encouragement and school patrol safety campaigns.

Infrastructure grant recipients

  • Argyle, Marshall County ($300,000) –Engineering and construction of sidewalks and crossing improvements around the school
  • Barnesville, Clay County ($300,000) –Improve conditions for walking and bicycling for Atkinson Elementary and Barnesville Middle/High School by adding accessible sidewalks and improving crossings
  • Brainerd, Crow Wing County ($300,000) – Improve safety for children walking and bicycling to Garfield School by adding sidewalks and curb extensions
  • Byron, Olmsted County ($296,370) – Fill-in sidewalk gaps and complete connection for Byron Elementary and Middle School
  • Delano, Wright County ($292,110) – Connect existing paths on the elementary and middle school campus and separate pedestrian and bicyclist traffic from motor vehicle traffic
  • Dilworth, Clay County ($300,000) – Construct a path that will connect students in northeast Dilworth to Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton School
  • Grand Rapids, Itasca County ($157,968) – Construct sidewalk and fill in gaps for Murphy Elementary and R.J.E. Middle School
  • Mankato, Blue Earth County ($200,647) – Construct sidewalks and curb extensions for the students of Kennedy Elementary and Franklin Elementary School
  • Minneapolis, Hennepin County ($296,610) – Provide bike storage, improve median and crossings for Lucy Craft Laney School
  • Pipestone, Pipestone County ($245,719) –Improve crossings and construct trail connections for Pipestone Elementary, Pipestone Middle/High School and residential neighborhoods
  • Princeton, Mille Lacs County ($299,019) – Construct sidewalks and improve crossings for North Elementary and Middle School
  • Sauk Rapids, Benton County ($300,000) – Construct sidewalks and improve crossings for Pleasantview Elementary
  • Wadena, Wadena County ($297,418) – Build sidewalks and curb extensions, improve crossings and install traffic control devices for Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary and Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/High School