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Staff Reporter 

Safe Routes grant used for education and street projects


Although there were some speed bumps, the Safe Routes grant for Airway Heights continues to make progress.

According to Derrick Braaten, Development Services Director for Airway Heights, the city had to do some resubmittals for the grant. The city looks to go out for bid this month or in February and hopes to start work in the spring.

Braaten mentioned that the grant has already provided over $8,000 in supplies for Sunset Elementary’s Physical Education program and an additional $8,000 used toward the purchase of library and classroom materials.

One of the projects that will be funded from the grant is the installation of pedestrian-activated flashing stop signs at King and 12th Street and Lawson and 12th Street. The stop signs will have a button that will trigger red flashing lights when a pedestrian is crossing an intersection.

Another street project funded from the grant will be the addition of speed feedback signs along Lawson and King Streets. The signs will record when a speeding car passes. Braaten mentioned the signs will record the hour and minutes of when a car speeds past it, This will allow the Police Department to implement stronger patrols in the area during certain times of the day.

The city is also looking to install a sidewalk between King and Lawson streets, on the south side of 12th Avenue. Braaten said the city hopes to be able to connect it to the sidewalk that finishes at the library and the west side of King Street, up to 10th Avenue.

“Due to requested changes from the Washington State Department of Transportation that added costs to the project, the city does not know how the bids will come in and exactly what they will be able to afford,” Braaten said.

The city will apply for another grant if they do not complete all of the projects from the first grant.

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