Somerset seeks planning grant to design safe routes to schools

Posted 8/15/22

PRINCESS ANNE — Grant funding from the Maryland Department of Transportation is being requested for design of two “Safe Routes to School” sidewalk projects in Crisfield and Princess …

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Somerset seeks planning grant to design safe routes to schools

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PRINCESS ANNE — Grant funding from the Maryland Department of Transportation is being requested for design of two “Safe Routes to School” sidewalk projects in Crisfield and Princess Anne. If that is successful additional grants will be sought for construction.

The Crisfield plan links Woodson Elementary School and Crisfield High School following existing sidewalks. To demonstrate its feasibility walks by children have been held by the Safe Routes to School committee starting at Asbury Avenue, site of the former Whittington Primary School and where It Takes a Village to Help Our Children Inc. is proposing to build its new facility.

In Princess Anne the plan is to link Princess Anne Elementary and Greenwood Elementary schools. Initially the scope was limited to improving pedestrian access to GES but Town Manager Clayton Anderson said after meeting with county and state officials it was expanded to include PAES.

The proposed area of study runs along existing sidewalk at GES to a proposed new sidewalk on the west side of Dryden Road. It would cross Linden Avenue and new sidewalk would be installed on the school side of the street then meet with existing sidewalk at Lankford Avenue to continue toward the school entrance.

The study area also includes sidewalks along William Street to Somerset Avenue, and along Linden Avenue from Beckford to Church Street.

“The one in the Town of Princess Anne links Greenwood Elementary School and Princess Anne Elementary School to the existing sidewalk network along Somerset Avenue,” said John Redden, by email. As the county engineer, he is the local point of contact for the infrastructure improvements, noting that what was submitted were “concept plans.”

There is sidewalk on private property across from GES at Sommer Place Apartments, and during a past Safe Routes to School event large planters were placed at an existing crosswalk between the apartments and the school to make the crossing more visible to motorists.

The Safe Routes to School program is federally-funded and administered by the State Highway Administration and requires a 20% local cash match. Grants support both infrastructure and non-infrastructure activities that encourage children in grades K-8 to safely walk, bicycle or roll to school.

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