Galesburg Awarded $235K from the Safe Routes to School Program


Student safety is set to improve significantly in Galesburg due to a recent financial boost from the Illinois Department of Transportation. A grant of $235,376 will fund the construction of new sidewalks and ADA-compliant crossings near Silas Willard Elementary School. This initiative is part of the Safe Routes to School program, aimed at enhancing pedestrian safety, and ensuring that children can travel to and from school safely and independently. “Funding of this type is vital to communities like Galesburg.  It enables us to move forward with infrastructure projects that have a direct impact on the health and safety of our children and residents,” said City Manager Eric Hanson. This development not only benefits the students but also contributes to the community’s accessibility, reflecting a strong commitment to safer, more inclusive infrastructure.

“We are pleased to receive this SRTS award,” said Aaron Gavin, City Engineer.  “It will allow us to ensure students and their family members, including those with disabilities, have access to a safe route to school.”

This is not the first Safe Routes to School award for Galesburg. Previous SRTS funding has been designated for sidewalk improvements near King Elementary School and Lombard Middle school, with construction scheduled to begin this summer.

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