The city was originally approved for the $246,000 in June 2006. The Safe Routes to School program’s goals are to promote walking and riding bikes to school and providing a safe mean to do so. Any sidewalk construction or related construction must be done within a two-mile radius of the schools. When the city was first approved for the grant, one-fifth of the budget, $50,000, had been allocated for a traffic light that was to be installed at the pedestrian crosswalk in front of the campus.
The intention was that the light would be installed at the crosswalk and pedestrians could press a button when they wished to cross. The light would then turn red, forcing oncoming traffic to stop and allow the person to cross. The light would remain green when no one was waiting to cross.
For the last two years, though, the grant has been on hold because the Transportation Cabinet and the local district of the Department of Highways had disputed whether or not the traffic light would be allowed. Keith Todd, the public information officer for Districts 1 and 2 of the Department of Highways, told The Cadiz Record several months ago that traffic lights are not typically allowed where there is no intersection, as is the case with the front of the school campus. Renaissance on Main Director Cindy Sholar received final notification in late April that the traffic light would not be allowed at the crosswalk. Since then, she has been trying to find another way to spend the $50,000.
“I’ve never had a project this hard to complete,” she said in the May 7 edition of The Cadiz Record.
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