Four Bryan Schools Getting Sidewalks, Safety Improvements

BRYAN, Texas New sidewalks and safer school zones are being built at four Bryan ISD schools including Johnson Elementary.

News 3 looked at why the changes are something residents have had on their wish list for years.

The crosswalks stay busy on Oak Hill Drive at the end of the school day at Johnson Elementary.

The road is often crowded and for years there haven't been sidewalks to get to and from school, until now.

"I'm so excited. I couldn't be more excited that we are getting them," said Carrie Rice, a Bryan ISD Parent.

She walks her 8-year-old-son Mason to school every day. Now a new sidewalk is being built in front of her house and others on Oak Hill Drive.

" I've got three young children and we've been walking in the streets everyday for three years dodging the traffic," she said.

Susan Monnat is a Staff Engineer for Bryan and says improvements are coming to four schools including Johnson, Crockett, Navarro and Bonham.

The work also includes new pedestrian crossing signs and even some new flashing yellow school zone ones.

"It alleviates traffic congestions and with that air pollution around schools. It really encourages healthier lifestyles," said Monnat.

Frank Burdine will see the sidewalk work start in his yard by the end of the week.

"They have to walk on the streets and I'd rather they walk in my yard now until they'll get the sidewalks in now," said Burdine.

Johnson Elementary Parent Kari Ramsey says her family can now bike and even walk to work more safely.

"This just gives us another option to keep them out of the street and to have a safe walk at all times of the day," said Ramsey.

Grateful for new ways to head to school.

The projects at all four schools should take six to eight months.

The City of Bryan is paying about $100,000 of the $800,000 total construction cost.

The rest is covered by grant money from the federal government as part of the Safe Routes To School Program.

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