MANSFIELD – The village of Mansfield has received two grants for the Safe Routes to School program.
The Illinois Department of Transportation recently announced that the village was awarded $2,000 for educational materials and $15,000 for speed feedback trailers and signs. Trustee Bambie Roy wrote the grants with help in the planning stage from Blue Ridge School district administrators, Farnsworth Group engineers, and other trustees.
"We are very thankful to Ms. Roy and the Village of Mansfield for their efforts on behalf of Blue Ridge students," Superintendent Jay Harnack said. "This grant will provide our students with important safety awareness information and help them make safe choices during their trip to school."
Roy said she will meet with administrators and other trustees to decide the best way to spend the money and get the program in place quickly. Mansfield residents will soon see portable electronic speed feedback signs and other safety signs on McKinley Street. Trustees also passed an ordinance a few weeks ago barring through truck traffic on McKinley Street.
Roy said that she wrote a third grant for $250,000 for new sidewalks and sidewalk repair, but the village was not awarded that grant.
According to Roy, many parents will currently not allow their children to walk or ride their bikes to school because of busy streets. She hopes with the safety information and equipment that the grant provides, that will change.
"We think the speed feedback trailers and additional signage will also play an important role in increasing driver awareness of students who are walking and biking to school," Harnack said.