Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Je Dabbs

San­taquin City will re­ceive $588,000 in fed­eral fund­ing this sum­mer to in­stall side­walks along 300 West, pro­vid­ing San­taquin El­e­men­tary School stu­dents a safer route as they walk to school.

The fund­ing was ob­tained from the Fed­eral Safe Routes to School pro­gram, which is ad­min­is­tered through the Utah Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion.

“Ev­ery year the state is al­lo­cated fund­ing from the fed­eral govern­ment. Ap­pli­ca­tions are re­ceived from all over the state,” said San­taquin Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Di­rec­tor Den­nis Marker. “We ap­plied along with many other mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and school dis­tricts. UDOT de­ter­mined our need was war­ranted and al­lo­cated the funds.”

More than half of the stu­dents at­tend­ing San­taquin El­e­men­tary School walk from Main Street along 300 West to 560 North, Marker said. About 10 years ago, the city coun­cil wanted to start cre­at­ing a safer walk­ing route for the stu­dents, and the city has been try­ing to have a proac­tive ap­proach to the prob­lem be­fore an ac­ci­dent hap­pened.

“It started with a sin­gle white stripe to cre­ate a four-foot-wide walk­ing path. Then it went to a dou­ble white stripe. The prob­lem is com­pli­cated by part of the route be­ing a sin­gle-lane, one-way road. We want to cre­ate sep­a­ra­tion be­tween the stu­dents and the ve­hi­cles,” Marker said.

City En­gi­neer Norm Bea­gley said the city wants to keep the stu­dents safe by get­ting them off the as­phalt and the same level as on­com­ing ve­hi­cles. The side­walk will pro­vide an el­e­va­tion change and in­clude curb and gut­ter. There is also a plan to in­clude a land­scape bar­rier be­hind the curb. “This way, a car will have to run over the curb to get to the side­walk,” Bea­gley said. “We want to en­cour­age and fa­cil­i­tate more stu­dents to walk to school by mak­ing them feel safe.”

Bea­gley said the city still needs con­tracts from the state to start the pro­ject. The fund­ing won’t ar­rive un­til July. The pro­ject will be de­signed lo­cally de­pend­ing on con­tract lim­i­ta­tions. Once the fund­ing ar­rives, the pro­ject is ex­pected take nine to 12 months of de­sign and con­struc­tion to com­plete.

“We have al­ready started the sur­vey work in prepa­ra­tion for the side­walk,” Marker said.

Photo by Jeff Dabbs

Side­walks will be built 300 West in San­taquin thanks to $588,000 in fed­eral fund­ing that will be al­lo­cated to the city in July. The pro­ject will make the route safer for chil­dren walk­ing to San­taquin El­e­men­tary School.

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