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Berkeley Co. school awarded safety grant

November 03, 2011

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A student safety project under way at Spring Mills Middle School was one of eight statewide to receive a 2011 Safe Routes to School grant, netting $114,000, according to a news release from Gov.-elect Earl Ray Tomblin's office.

Titled "Pedaling Patriots Phase II," the safety project was previously awarded a $118,000 grant, according to transportation officials.

Spring Mills Middle School is in the Berkeley County Schools system.  

The West Virginia Safe Routes to School grant program is part of a national initiative funded by the Federal Highway Administration to substantially improve the safety of children as they walk or bicycle to school, according to the news release.

Projects include sidewalks in the area of the schools or bicycle racks for the students to store their bicycles during the school day.

In separate announcements, Tomblin's office on Wednesday also announced the award of an $80,000 Recreation Trails grant for a walking trail in Morgan County and a $304,264 transportation enhancement grant for the Berkeley Springs train depot rehabilitation project.

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— Matthew Umstead

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