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The Town of Frederick was recently notified that the Colorado Department of Transportation Board of Commissioners recommended approval and award for the Town of Frederick’s Safe Routes to School Grant application. This grant, in the amount of $303,500.00, will help construct the Thunder Valley K-8 Multipurpose Trail Project. The Town will match this grant with approximately $250,000.00.
This project will give students in the Savannah, Angel View, Carriage Hills and Prairie Greens neighborhoods the option to safely walk to school, which they do not currently have. This approximately 6,450-foot trail will be an eight-foot wide concrete trail located on the east side of Ridgeway Boulevard (CR 15) from Angel View Drive to Penrose Boulevard. It will then have a westbound pedestrian crossing on Ridgeway Boulevard before traveling westbound through an open field from Ridgeway Blvd to Frederick Way. There, another pedestrian crossing will take students over Frederick Way before traveling from Frederick Way to Maple Street on the south side of Thunder Valley K-8. Both pedestrian crossings will have safety flashing signs that will be activated by the pedestrians and will flash to ensure safe travel of our students and the community at large. It’s also important to note that it is state law to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.
Administrative tasks and design will be completed during 2017 with construction expected to commence in 2018. Not only will this address and provide a safe method for students to travel to school, but it also focuses on further development of our community trail program, an aspect of our community that is widely supported and requested from the residents.
“CDOT has been a solid supporter of this area with grant funding over the years,” said Frederick Mayor Tony Carey. “To support the great schools in the St. Vrain Valley School District shows that they are paying attention to small communities’ needs. This trail will connect one of our largest neighborhoods to their school, the downtown and the rest of the community.”