Town Coucil Supports School Travel Plans, Approves Revised Town Map
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The Vienna Town Council voted to support Safe Routes To School travel plans for Cunningham Park and Vienna Elementary Schools at its meeting Monday night, an important step in those schools' pursuit of state funding for sidewalk projects in the community.
Both schools have spent months developing school travel plans, which identify sidewalk and road improvements and other strategies to promote safe travel to their schools.
The Virginia Department of Transportation's (VDOT) Safe Routes to School Program gives grants each year for such programs. It "made money available on short notice" this year, said Dennis Johnson, an engineer with the town.
"It's a two-part process. The first part is to have a travel plan developed by the school," Johnson said. "Once it's approved by VDOT, the town can apply to implement projects that are in the plan. This [vote] is the first step."
Monday's vote of support will allow the town manager or mayor to execute request forms and recommend specific projects on these lists to Town Council for implementation as funding becomes available.
"[This would allows us to] mesh their plan with our existing sidewalk plan and identifies that we may have an additional source of funding," Town Manager John Schoeberlein said.
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