Macomb moves forward with “Safe Routes to School” grant

Macomb is making progress with a plan to get kids to and from school more safely.

The city plans to apply for a state grant that would allow them to put sidewalks on the west side of McArthur Street, where kids walk to and from the junior high and high school.

Right now, students have no crosswalk or sidewalks when crossing the street. The grant would also allow the school district to turn a set of stairs leading up to the schools into an ADA accessible ramp.

“Next step, we need to wrap up a few temporary construction easements,” Macomb Public Works Director Scott Coker said. “But we’re pretty well ready to submit the grant. It’s due by November 19th, so we’re wrapping that up. We’re working with a local engineering firm on that. They’ve been doing a good job with us, so I think we’re pretty close.”

At a public meeting on Monday, residents voiced concerns about using tax dollars for the project, but the public works director said the city would only use the grant money.

 

Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat is a MultiMedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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