State Paves Way For Safer Routes To Springs School

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The New York State Department of Transportation announced on Monday that it will amend its budget to cover safety improvements around the Springs School, according to State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr.’s office.

In January, East Hampton Town was awarded a $554,310 federal grant to put in new sidewalks, speed-monitoring devices and pedestrian walkway lights at the school.

An approximately 1,200-foot sidewalk is planned for the western side of Springs-Fireplace Road, from Woodbine Drive to the Gardiner Avenue and School Street intersection, and a pedestrian-operated signal light will be installed there. In addition, monitoring devices that show a driver how fast he or she is traveling will be installed.

The planned second phase would include a partnership with Suffolk County to install a sidewalk that would stretch from Copeces Lane to Woodbine Drive.

The funding for the project comes from the National Safe Routes to School grant program, which was launched by Congress in 2005. The program had apportioned $1.15 billion to states as of September 30, 2012, and the funds are expected to benefit more than 13,000 schools, according to the program’s website. The State DOT administers the program in New York and doles out funding in the form of reimbursements for projects undertaken by the town on behalf of the school district.

Nearby municipalities like Southampton Village and the Southampton School District have taken advantage of the same program.

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