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Traverse City discusses Safe Routes to School findings

The first audits were done on Immaculate Conception, Eastern Elementary and Traverse Heights Elementary. 

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- The results are in for the first audits of Traverse City's Safe Routes To School program.

Safe Routes to School goes from school to school, walking around the neighborhoods with parents and students to determine what could be fixed to make it a safer route. Then, they help make those changes a reality.

City Planning Director Russ Soyring presented the findings at a Traverse City Commission study session Monday evening.

The first audits were done on Immaculate Conception, Eastern Elementary and Traverse Heights Elementary.

Soyring said the team came up with three action plans to improve each route.

The plans include sidewalk repairs, improved markings and a path through Northwestern Michigan College to Eastern Elementary.

Traverse Heights Elementary had the most to overcome.

"Traverse Heights... actually absent of any infratstructure you need to make it a walkable type, many sidewalks are missing," Soyring said. "One of the major streets that many of the kids are walking is Barlow Street which has no sidewalks... generally there aren't sidewalks along Barlow Street."

The city is suggesting extending a sidewalk on Barlow Street beyond the city limits to the mobile home park.

They plan to apply for grants this fall, and construction could start in summer 2019.



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