Three Wichita Falls Area Elementary Schools Getting Safety Upgrades

Three Wichita Falls Area Elementary Schools Getting Safety Upgrades

Three Wichita Falls area schools are undergoing a safety makeover this summer, to the tune of $1 million in federal grant money from the safe rides to school program.

Crews are hard at work on City View Drive.

Mark Beauchamp, traffic superintendent, says, "They are putting in sidewalks on City View Elementary as part of the Safe Rides to School program."

That's not the only school getting part of  $1 million dollars in "Safe Rides to School" federal grant money.

That money was awarded back in 2009, but crews are just now getting around to doing the work.

As soon as school bells signaled the beginning of summer break, crews started working outside John Tower and Southern Hills Elementary Schools, too.

"They're getting sidewalks.  They're getting lighted crosswalks," Beauchamp says.  "They're also getting driver feedback signs which will flash their speed when they're going through the school zone."

So why these three schools?

Beauchamp says City View Elementary didn't have sidewalks leading to the school, and needed them because of the speed limits on City View Drive, and John Tower has the highest population of students walking to and from school in the area.

He says the area around Southern Hills Elementary can be dangerous for walking or biking because of the traffic on Midwestern Parkway.

Beauchamp says all the work should be done by the start of the school year.
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