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January 5, 2013

3 villages to get federal Safe Routes funding

Staff report
The Daily Star

---- — The villages of Morris, Sharon Springs and Oxford will all be getting an infusion of federal funds for new sidewalks through a program intended to help children walk and bike to school safely, state officials said Friday.

The state Department of Transportation said the three villages are among 64 entities statewide that will get slices of $26.5 million from the Safe Routes to School program funded by the federal government.

Officials said the goal of the program is to provide such features as sidewalks, multiuse paths, crosswalks and pedestrian signals located within 2 miles of a primary or middle school.

An award of $124,000 will be channeled to the village of Morris in Otsego County for sidewalks near the Morris Central School. The village of Sharon Springs in Schoharie County will receive $161,352 for sidewalks in the Sharon Springs Central School District.

In Chenango County, the village of Oxford will reap $215,000 for sidewalks near the Oxford Academy and Central Schools.

“The education component of the program can help families make healthy, sustainable transportation choices and teach kids how to safely use the infrastructure in their communities,” state DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald said in a prepared statement.