Caltrans has awarded $48.5 million through its Safe Routes to Schools program to help fund construction of sidewalks, bike paths and other improvements near campuses throughout the state.

Bay Area awards include more than $2.2 million for seven projects in Alameda County, $1.3 million for upgrades along three Contra Costa County school routes, $809,900 for two improvement projects in Santa Clara County and $450,000 to fund road and crosswalk upgrades in Palo Alto.

The total awards will fund 139 projects statewide intended to increase safety and help reduce injuries and deaths among K-12 students who walk and bike to school, according to a news release. Caltrans chose the projects based on need, effectiveness and the earliest expected completion dates.

The complete list of awards is available by visiting www.dot.ca.gov. Click on "news," then "press releases."



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