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Safe Routes to School: Needham Connect
Status: Needham Connect I is complete! Design for Needham Connect II will be completed in 2017 and construction in 2018.

October 12, 2016 - The recently completed Needham Connect I project increases safety and accessibility for all sidewalk and road users. Highlighted in the 2012 Multi Modal Transportation Master Plan as a high-priority safety project, the Needham Connect I project was funded with a $291,000 Safe Routes to School grant in 2015. Construction of the project was completed this summer.

The City received a $437,500 Safe Routes to School grant and a $690,240 Transportation Alternatives Program grant to complete the Needham Connect II project, which will continue sidewalk improvements along Columbine Drive from Cottonwood Drive to Clovis Drive. Design for Needham Connect II will be completed in 2017 and construction in 2018.

The projects bring sidewalks into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City's Land Use Development Code and provide much needed safety and accessibility improvements for students, parents, families, teachers and the neighborhood. 

View footage of the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held on October 12, 2016:


Check out the video and article in the Herald here

To see more pictures, stroll over the Facebook album.

Before and After Photos for the Needham Connect I Project:

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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.

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The Walk n' Roll-a-thon at Needham Elementary in April 2015 celebrated biking and walking to school, as well as the kick-off of the Needham Connect I Project. 

For more information about the Needham Connect, please contact Amber Blake at or call (970) 375-4949.