County, School Leaders Introduce Completed Sidewalk System in Augusta
Sidewalks in Stuarts Draft
The Stuarts Draft community is moving in a new direction. Augusta County and school leaders introduced the completed Scholastic Way Project that connects the neighborhoods with a new sidewalk system Friday.
For years, parents and neighbors have worried about children walking back and forth to the schools without any kind of pathway. After a lot of talk, there's now a sidewalk stretching almost a mile going from the Staurts Draft Elementary School all the way to homes on Augusta Farms Road.
Friday morning, law enforcement and Virginia Department of Transportation representatives spoke to students about the purpose of the project and safety precautions to take.
The concrete sidewalk is five feet wide. The majority of funding - 80 percent - came from state and federal funding. The county put up the remaining $200,000. But leaders say you cannot put a price tag on the lives of children, and the new system here also unites the whole community.
"It's a great thing all around and also makes this area very welcoming to people who are looking to move here. When you see a sidewalk system that interconnects the homes with the schools, it's very welcoming, it's very binding,” said David Karaffa, Augusta County supervisor.
One of the deputies that spoke asked students to please be careful at the crosswalks, and to avoid distractions when cars drive by. Project managers also hope to extend the path further down Augusta Farms Road to make sure it's accessible to students and families in the other communities as well.
CLARIFICATION: Previously, this story said Augusta County put up $20,000 to cover the remaining cost of the sidewalk after state and federal funding. The correct figure is $200,000.
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