Safe Routes to School

Big Horn is working to establish Safe Routes to School using WyDOT grant funding.
Big Horn is working to establish Safe Routes to School using WyDOT grant funding.

Prior to Tuesday evening's community meeting at Big Horn Elementary School, engineers from Vista West Engineering gave a presentation regarding the proposed Safe Routes to School project at the Big Horn campus.

WyDOT has monies available through $200,000 grants to help neighborhoods improve safety issues for students walking or riding their bikes to school. They have both program funding and project funding, and Big Horn is looking at the latter. Engineer Jeff Feck explains.

WyDOT will allow two crosswalks to be put in -- one by the main entrance to the campus, and one just west of the track. They also hope to put in sidewalks, although discussion is still happening as to where they should be located. Feck says that Safe Routes to School funding has been in place for a number of years. He tells us why Big Horn is choosing this year to seek the grant money.

Feck, along with fellow engineer Neil Trentacosti and Big Horn Elementary Principal Brent Caldwell, fielded questions and took suggestions from parents and staff members. The engineers will take that feedback to finalize the project.

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