Trumann hopes to make travel safer for school children

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

TRUMANN, AR (KAIT) - The city of Trumann is looking to make travel safer for school children.

Mayor Barbara Lewallen recently applied for a grant called Safe Routes to School.

"We have applied for a TAP (Transportation Alternative Program) grant through Arkansas Department of Transportation and it's federal funding," Lewallen said.

If the money becomes available, the city plans to install sidewalks near the elementary school.

"We have a beautiful new elementary school, it's been in operation about a year," she said. "There are several walkers, but we don't have sidewalks in several places."

The city hopes to install the sidewalks from Willow to Crest Street, along school property, and West Main to Crest, at the corner of Cedar along city property.

"What we are trying to do with the application for the grant is to get 80% matching for a few sidewalks that we would like to put in simply to get the students off the street," Lewallen said.

The grant process is still in the early stages and it could be several months before the city is notified if they will receive the funding.

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