Safe Routes to School project unveiled in Clinton

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CLINTON, Ind. (WTHI) – One Wabash Valley town is making it easier for students who walk or bike to school. This as the most traveled routes were considered dangerous.

The path to Central Elementary School in Clinton has always been a bit bumpy. “Which of course poses a safety issue and that’s always our biggest concern, making sure the kids are going to be safe,” said Principal Ryan Jenkins.

A handful of students walk to and from school, which has been somewhat of a challenge. After a much needed makeover, the city of Clinton has unveiled its “Safe Routes to School” project.

“Everything we can do to make sure the students are going to be safe. Every little bit helps, and this was a big bit that helped out,” said Jenkins.

Five major routes around the elementary school saw $300,000 in improvements. All funded by a grant through the Indiana Department of Transportation. “It really cleaned up the city and the area around this park and that’s what the intention of this project was,” said Mayor Jack Gilfoy.

The sidewalks or lack there-of have made for a dangerous commute. Vine Street has been updated, as well as the walkways around Sportland Park. Improvements also include handicap accessible sidewalks.

“I’m just proud of the fact that we can all work together and get projects like this done,” said Gilfoy.

School officials said the initiative has helped to ease concerns. “To see all the progress within our community, community and school working together, it’s great. We’ve just had a lot of success over the last year,” said Jenkins.