You may have noticed flagging of utility lines in Crestdale in preparation for implementing the Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS).
Nationally, 10% to 14% of car trips during morning rush hours are for school travel. SRTS is a program aimed at improving safety and increasing physical activity by encouraging students to walk or bike to school by creating ’Safe Routes’ through infrastructure improvements, education, and incentives.
After receiving Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) federal funding to address school transportation safety, The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) requested proposals for SRTS programs.
The City of Kennedale requested that NCTCOG consider improvements to the Crestdale area, with a focus on pedestrian connections to James F. Delaney Elementary and James A. Arthur Intermediate Schools.
City staff has worked closely with NCTCOG, Kennedale ISD, and other stakeholders to identify needs and possible pedestrian improvements. This work resulted in a proposal including new sidewalks and crosswalks in the Crestdale neighborhood.
In 2018, City Council approved the required 20% match of $165,327 for the implementation of the SRTS program (at an estimated total cost of $826,633). The City will be coordinating with NCTCOG to implement these improvements.