Linton-Stockton School students will soon find it safer and more convenient to walk or bike to school.
The city recently received a $250,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Transportation under the Safe Routes to School program.
Linton Mayor John Wilkes said he was pleased to have the city selected by INDOT under this round of funding ---- the second straight year the city has received this grant.
Last year, former Mayor Patti Jones was successful in receiving the first Safe Routes to School grant and some initial sidewalk work was done around the Linton-Stockton School campus.
This round of funding, under the "no local match" grant, Wilkes plans to repair sidewalks as well as do replacement of sidewalks, crosswalks and curb ramps on NE 3rd St. from H St. to possibly A St., depending how the money holds out.
With the $231,000 grant received in 2012, work will be done on NE 2nd St. from H to D Sts.
Wilkes said he'll seek a third round of INDOT grant funding through the program in 2013.
The mayor said this is a win-win for the city and the school.
"It's a 100 percent grant," he stressed. "We've been very lucky and we're glad to have it (the grant)."
Statewide, 26 schools were awarded $3.4 million under the program, which promotes walking and biking among children in grades K through 8 by investing federal transportation funds in approved construction, planning, training and encouragement activities.
Maximum awards are $250,000 for infrastructure projects and $75,000 for non-infrastructure programs.
The state has dramatically expanded transportation facilities for bicyclists and pedestrians over the past few years.
Along with those constructed under the Safe Routes to School program, INDOT has installed 378 miles of new or rebuilt sidewalks since 2005. In addition, bicycle and pedestrian trails have grown by more than 50 percent in the past few years to enhance recreation and other types of active transportation.
More than 215 miles of trails and shared use paths have been built with the innovative Hoosiers on the Move trails plan.
For more information about INDOT, go to www.indot.IN.gov .