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Safe Routes to School: Needham Connect

Status: Complete!
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Needham Elementary School Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 8 AM. 

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Before and after improvements on Arroyo Drive looking West towards Delwood Avenue

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Before and after improvements on Columbine Drive looking South towards San Juan Drive

Have you had a chance to admire the sidewalk improvements around Needham Elementary School? The recently completed "Needham Connect" project increases safety and accessibility for students. This project was identified in the City of Durango's Multi Modal Transportation Master Plan as a high-priority safety project and was completed with Safe Routes to School grant funds.

The Needham Connect project was funded with 2015 Safe Routes to School grant funds totaling $291,000. Construction of the project began in fall 2015 and was completed this summer. The City of Durango was successful in the 2016 grant cycle as well, receiving a Safe Routes to School award of $437,500 to the complete Needham Connect II project and a Transportation Alternative Program award of $690,240 to complete the Needham Connect III project, which will continue sidewalk improvements along Columbine Drive from Cottonwood Drive to Clovis Drive.

The second and third phases of this project will continue to improve sidewalks, bringing them into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City's Land Use Development Code, as well as provide much needed safety improvements to the project area. Design will be completed in 2017 and the City of Durango anticipates construction in 2018.

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The Walk n' Roll-a-thon at Needham Elementary in April celebrated biking and walking to school, as well as the kick-off of the Needham Connect Project. 

For more information about the Safe Routes to School: Needham Connect, please contact Amber Blake at 375-4949.