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Oregon state officials ask for public input on allocating Safe Routes to School funds

Crosswalk on Minter Bridge Road in Hillsboro - KATU photo

PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon state officials are asking for public input on how to use the $15 million that will be allocated to the Safe Routes to School Program in 2023.

Currently, the state allots $10 million each year to make it safer for kids to walk and bike to school. The money goes toward things like crosswalks, signs, flashing lights and bike lanes.

Thanks to the Keep Oregon Moving act, the amount will increase to $15 million in 2023.

There’s a new committee dedicated to allocating the funds. They propose that the majority of the money will go toward a grant program to build projects that will make streets safer.

They suggest 10 percent should be dedicated to fixing urgent needs that arise in between grant projects.

The remaining 2.5 percent will be used to help communities identify safety improvements projects.

There’s a public hearing on the topic Tuesday in Salem from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry.

Or, the public is welcome to provide feedback online until May 31. Click here for details.

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