Safe Routes project to begin next week
by Chris Norwood
Construction of Talladega’s Safe Routes to Schools projects is expected to begin next week, and is expected to be complete in about seven weeks after that, according to the city’s website.

The grant was awarded by the Alabama Department of Transportation last year, and was applied for as a joint project involving the city and the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind. The $150,000 project is intended to improve the walkability of South Street and surrounding areas, according to the website.

The project will include new sidewalks on Astrid Place, Johnson Street and Norman C. Woods Street; installation of multiple elevated crosswalks; installation of curb cuts in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and new crosswalk striping.

Contrary to what the name implies to some, the elevated crosswalks will not be overpasses across South Street; rather, they will be slightly elevated areas inside the boundaries of the crosswalks.

Triple J Construction is the project contractor.

“The completion of this work will provide increased opportunities for students at AIDB, Zora Ellis Junior High School and Graham Elementary School to walk to school each day,” according to the website. “All residents of the area will benefit from the elevated crosswalks, which will make pedestrians more visible to drivers. Elevated crosswalks also serve to calm the speed of traffic in residential areas, which traffic counts of the area have deemed to be an issue of concern.”

The joint project between the city and AIDB is one of the factors that resulted in the League of Municipalities presenting the city with a quality of life award last year.

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