The City of Fontana will receive a $1.9 million grant for the Safe Routes to School project as part of the California 2017 Active Transportation Program.
The project will improve pathways for more than 5,000 students to walk or bike to eight schools located on busy streets in the northern and eastern parts of the city. The construction is expected to start in 2019.
The project includes constructing new American with Disability Act (ADA) compliant sidewalks on four segments of city streets, curb and gutter ramps, ADA curb ramps, street striping and traffic signs, where needed.
The improvements will be at the following locations in Fontana:
• Ramona Avenue (between Juniper Avenue and Sierra Avenue)
• Alder Avenue (between Baseline Avenue and Shamrock Avenue)
• Two segments on Locust Avenue (from Miller Avenue to Arrow Boulevard).
"Our goal continues to be to provide better mobility for everyone in Fontana," said Director of Engineering Ricardo Sandoval. "This grant funding will improve the city's existing sidewalk infrastructure in several highly traveled areas and also promote a more walkable and bikeable community."
The project will benefit children attending six elementary schools, one middle school and one high school located within one-mile radius of the proposed project sites. The schools are Mango, Juniper, North Tamarind, Locust, and Ted Porter elementary schools, Virginia Primrose, Alder Middle School, and Eric Birch Continuation High School.
In addition, more than 25,000 residents living within a half-mile of the project sites will benefit from the improvements, Sandoval said.