SAN ANTONIO -- Two schools have been awarded more than $1 million in construction improvements to ensure students have a safe walk -- or bike ride -- to school.
Pat Neff Middle School and Colby Glass Elementary will be using the money to improve sidewalks, crosswalks and signage as part of the Safe Routes to School program.
The schools, both located inside the Rolling Ridge subdivision, have no sidewalks on one or more sides of the buildings. Routes within the neighboring areas have huge breaks in sidewalks.
“We’ve seen what the trees have done and they have kind of lifted up the sidewalks. It does make it dangerous,” said Tony Gonzalez, whose mother lives close to the schools.
The school district hopes the program will promote student safety by making safe walking and riding routes to both schools.
A pedestrian bridge is also proposed to be rehabbed and made wheelchair accessible.
The funds were awarded by the Texas Department of Transportation.