Merced schools awarded $1.3 million for traffic improvements

Schools in Merced are on track for some pedestrian improvements.

The California Department of Transportation announced about $1.3 million for local projects ranging improved crosswalks to sidewalk construction near the schools. The money was among $52 million allotted statewide for the so-called Safe Routes to School program.

The Merced City School District and Weaver Union School District were awarded $779,490 toward $866,100 for two traffic signals, flashing school signs, and curb gutter and sidewalk construction at eight schools and two middle schools: John Muir, Peterson, Reyes, Burbank, Fremont, Gracey, Pioneer and Farmdale elementary schools and Hoover and Rivera middle schools.

In addition, $303,030 was awarded toward $336,700 for school zone flashing beacons and rumble strips near Sybil N. Crookham Elementary School in Winton, Charleston Elementary School in Los Banos and Le Grand Elementary School.