13Apr

Supervisor Hahn Announces the Los Nietos Safe Routes to School Project

LOS NIETOS, CA—Today, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn announced a new effort to help kids get to and from school safely through safety improvements along walking routes to local schools in the unincorporated area of Los Nietos. The Los Nietos Safe Routes to School program was approved unanimously this week during the regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors.

“We have a responsibility to do everything we can to protect the kids in our communities and provide them safe routes to get to and from school,” said Supervisor Hahn. “Across the Los Nietos community, we are going to invest in new traffic signals, close gaps in the sidewalks, and modernize the intersections near schools so that we can make young pedestrians walking to school more visible and cut down the amount of time they spend near traffic.”

The Los Nietos Safe Routes to School project will help improve pedestrian safety by closing sidewalk gaps and improving traffic intersections with pedestrian-activated push buttons and audible crossing and countdown light features. New bulb-outs will decrease both the time and distance it takes for pedestrians to cross the street and make children walking on their way to school more visible to drivers. All of these improvements will take place on routes often taken by students to and from schools in the area.

The board’s unanimous vote authorized design of the first phase of the program. Once construction is completed in 2020, 11 intersections and five segments of sidewalk will have been improved within the Los Nietos area.

The grant funding for this program is provided by the California Transportation Commission.