St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Safe Routes to School Project Underway

Safe Routes to School Project Underway

Thursday, May 9, 2019

St. John the Baptist Parish - Construction and installation of sidewalks has started near LaPlace Elementary School (LES) and East St.  John Prepatory Academy (ESJ Prep) as part of a Safe Routes to School Infrastructure Grant.

The $361,000 project, completely funded through the Department of Transportation and Development’s (DOTD) Safe Routes program, aims to improve safety, reduce traffic congestion around the identified schools, increase physical activity and improve health by making it easier for students to walk and bicycle to school. The project involves construction of sidewalks, cross walks, signage and more.

At LES, approximately 3000 linear feet of sidewalks will be placed along the canal bank between Carmel Valley Dr. and Fairway Dr. allowing students to walk or ride their bikes to school from the nearby neighborhoods. Residents in this area will begin to see construction around the Ridgefield Canal Bank in the near future.  

For ESJ Prep, approximately 2200 linear feet of sidewalks will be placed from Airline Hwy to the school, along Belle Pointe Blvd and Ory Dr. This project will create a safe pedestrian connection from the neighborhoods to the school.

Construction is scheduled to be complete in 90 days.  In addition to this project, installation of ADA compliant handicapped ramps, crosswalk markings, striping and speed limit signs are planned for Greenwood Dr., Evergreen Dr., Ridgefield Dr., and Carrollwood Dr. Educational days on biking and walking safely to school will be implemented as Walk/Bike to School Days.  

"Hundreds of students will now have more opportunities to safely walk and bike to schools once the sidewalks are complete," said Parish President Natalie Robottom.   “I want to thank my team for their hard work on these projects and DOTD for allowing local governments to utilize planning assistance grants for additional infrastructure improvement projects to improve quality of life for our residents.” 

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