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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Ramiro Chavez, Public Works Director, 360-867-2271 or chavezr@co.thurston.wa.us

Thurston County Receives Federal Transportation Grant
Funding will go toward the Safe Routes to School program

OLYMPIA - The Thurston County Public Works Department has been awarded a $750,000 federal grant from the Transportation Alternatives Program. The funds will be used to pay for improvements as part the Thurston County Safe Routes to School Program.

This particular project includes sidewalk, curb, gutter and traffic circles as traffic calming measures. The work in the Tanglewilde area also includes street lights, school zone flashing beacons, crosswalk markings, signs and speed bumps.

Public Works Director Ramiro Chavez says "These improvements are targeted to enhance pedestrian safety along school routes. We are very pleased to receive this grant to help address the needs of this very important program."

This Safe Routes to School program also includes safety education, walking encouragement, school bus safety and enforcement. Work will be done on several area streets including 5th Avenue, Ranger Drive, Logger Street, Cougar Street and others. The project is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2016.



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3