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Public Communications (MS-11)
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: December 19, 2006
Contact: Scott Diener
Phone: (360) 337-4966
No. 06-108

Suquamish Safe Routes to School Program on State's Prioritized Project List for Funding

PORT ORCHARD, WAŚDue in large part to the efforts of the Suquamish Citizen Advisory Committee, the Suquamish Safe Routes to School program is slated to receive $500,000 from the 2007-2009 Washington State Department of Transportation's Safe Routes to Schools Grant Program. Seven million dollars of Safe Routes to Schools federal funds were made available to the state. The Suquamish project was one of 19 selected for funding from among 101 Safe Routes to Schools project requests totaling almost $40 million. The project includes sidewalks, bike lanes, signals, signs, educational materials, events, increased emphasis on patrols and a radar speed feedback sign.

"Credit for getting this project high on DOT's priority list lies squarely with the Suquamish community," said Commissioner Chris Endresen, District #1. "Because of people like Gail Petranek, Craig Curtis, Tom Curley, Kevin McDonald and Bruce Goodrich, the area around the Suquamish Elementary School will be a safer place for pedestrians and bicycles alike."

Project proposals were evaluated on their ability to increase the number of students walking and biking to school by making improvements in areas of health and safety education, enforcement and engineering. While the legislature can change the priorities or funding levels, historically that has not happened very often. The state's transportation budget is expected to be approved in April or May 2007.

"On behalf of the Suquamish Citizen Advisory Committee, I can say we are pleased with the results of the priority list," said Gail Petranek, who serves on the committee and has worked on the Suquamish Sub-Area Plan. "Our project ranking in the list reflects the dedication and commitment of the committee members, Suquamish Elementary School, Kitsap County Public Works and Community Development and the Suquamish Tribe in providing safe routes for our students traveling to and from school."

In 2005, the governor and the Washington State Legislature increased the state's role in safety by providing funding that supports pedestrian and bicycle safety and safe routes to school projects (ESSB 6091). In addition, a new federal Safe Routes to Schools program was established in 2005 to provide federal funding to the state. The intent of the legislation was to provide children with a safe, healthy alternative to riding the bus or being driven to school.


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Last Updated: May 27, 2014