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Kingston “Safe Routes to School” project completed

KINGSTON – The Safe Routes to School project in the City of Kingston has been completed.

The project included several infrastructure improvements with the primary goal of improving the safety of walking routes to the J.W. Bailey Middle School and the Edison, George Washington and John F.  Kennedy Elementary schools.

“Hundreds of children will travel these routes on their way to school each day, but these improvements will really benefit our entire community,” said Mayor Steven Noble.

Project components included:

  • Three permanent electronic signs alerting drivers to their speeds were installed and operating on Hurley and Lucas avenues, near the Edson and Bailey schools, and Delaware Avenue, near JFK Elementary.
  • A new sidewalk was installed on Burhans Boulevard, connecting the Lucas Avenue sidewalks to Edson/Bailey School
  • Speed calming humps were installed on Joy’s Lane near Dietz Stadium
  • A completely new traffic signal, pedestrian signal and curb cuts were installed at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Lucas Avenue
  • ADA compliant curb cuts were installed on Hurley Avenue near Quarry Street
  • ADA compliant curb cuts and new pedestrian signals were installed at the intersection of Murray and Delaware Avenue
  • ADA compliant curb cuts were installed at Gross Street, which is the entrance to John F. Kennedy School
  • Additional crosswalk painting was done in various locations near Kingston’s schools

“The students of the Kingston City School District are a priority, whether they are inside the four walls of our 10 buildings, of if they are out in the community,” said Superintendent Dr. Paul Padalino.

The city bonded $577,000 for the project, but was eligible to be reimbursed $489,000 through federal Safe Routes to School funds through the state Department of Transportation.

 


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