Waynesboro has finished a pedestrian safety project, just in time for the new school year.
A federal Safe Routes to School grant helped make $134,000 in improvements on Lyndhurst Road nearly Berkeley Glen Elementary. The project includes new sidewalks, crosswalks and warning signs for drivers.
But this is just the beginning. Waynesboro has another $400,000 in grant money for similar projects around the city.
Waynesboro City Planner Michael Barnes said, "The great thing about Waynesboro is that it's a small city. That means there are lots of destinations that are close to each other and very walkable. We're using a combination of Safe Routes to School grants, transportation enhancement grants and other funding... To really improve and enhance our pedestrian networks."
The city of Staunton is on the verge of making $500,000 worth of "safe routes" improvements. The first will go under construction this fall at Ware Elementary and Shelburne Middle Schools.