Broadview Awarded Nearly $200K State Grant For Sidewalk Improvements

Saturday, May 4, 2019 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Lindop School in Broadview. | Google Earth

The village of Broadview was recently awarded a grant to implement sidewalk improvements at Lindop Elementary School District 92.

Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Transportation announced the grants, which total more than $5.5 million, in a press release on April 23. Broadview secured $197,938 that will fund a sidewalk gap closure near Lindop, the state said.

“Some of the sidewalks have grassy areas and the kids have to walk or bike in the street,” said Broadview Mayor Katrina Thompson back in November, when the village passed a resolution in support of the grant application.

Both Lindop and Maywood-Melrose Park-Broadview Elementary School District 89 applied for the grant. District 89, however, was not listed among the grantees.

The grants, which are administered by the Illinois Safe Routes to School Program, are available approximately every three years and offer federal funding for bicycle and pedestrian improvement projects near K-8 schools.

This year, state officials selected 39 projects at roughly two dozen school districts out of the 160 applications they received.

“I’m proud to announce that dozens of Safe Routes to School projects will be carried out across the state at no cost to Illinois,” said Gov. Pritzker. “These projects will allow more of our students to safely walk or bike to school and will make our communities safer and healthier places to live.” VFP

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