UPDATE: On Monday at their meeting, Charlottesville city councilors voted unanimously to apply for a $250,000 Virginia Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School Grant for Jackson-Via Elementary School.


Charlottesville is seeking state funds to make it safer for pedestrians around one neighborhood school.  The city is applying for a $250,000 Virginia Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School Grant for Jackson-Via Elementary.

The proposed project would fill in gaps in sidewalks along Harris Road, install more visible crosswalks, and create a trail system to connect the school to the Belmont and Ridge Street neighborhoods.

Charlottesville bicycle and pedestrian coordinator Amanda Poncy said, “We’re lucky it's a pretty small city, so these improvements really can impact not only kids who might want to bike and walk to school but people who use our transportation system at any point during the day.”

A city report finds nearly two-thirds of Jackon-Via's students live within a mile of the school, but many take the bus to avoid crossing busy traffic on Harris Road and Ridge Street.