Applications available for Safe Routes to School funding
Thursday, January 03, 2013 at 11:16:00 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced today that applications are available for this year’s Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program.

 The Safe Routes To School Program aims to improve the health of kids and the community by making walking and bicycling to school safer, easier and more enjoyable. The program is completely federally funded – requiring no organizational match. The program assesses the safety of school travel routes; makes changes to current conditions; educates students and drivers about safe travel; and encourages walking and biking to school.

 Past projects include sidewalk and bike path construction, educational programs and installing flashing safety beacons. The program funds up to $250,000 for infrastructure projects and up to $50,000 for non-infrastructure projects.

 For more information and to obtain an application, visit the Safe Routes to School Web site at

 Interested organizations should submit an application to Shalanda Cole, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Louisiana DOTD, P.O. Box 94245, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9245. Schools, local governments and non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply.

 The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) is committed to delivering transportation and public works systems that enhance the quality of life. In addition to more than 16,600 miles of roadway, including over 890 miles of interstate, DOTD supports the development of the state’s aviation, marine and rail infrastructures. Through this work, we are able to facilitate economic development, create job opportunities, improve vital evacuation routes, and make critical freight corridors safer and more efficient.

 For more information, please visit, email, or call DOTD’s Customer Service Center at (225) 379-1232 or 1-877-4LADOTD (1-877-452-3683). Business hours are 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Motorists can access up-to-date travel information by dialing 511 or by visiting Out-of-state travelers can call 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511).