DOT to address Safe Routes to School funding

LIHUE — The state Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing next month on a measure to create a fund for planning, developing, implementing and evaluating Safe Routes to School infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects.

Safe Routes to School is an international effort to increase safety and promote walking and bicycling to school.

The state’s Safe Routes to School bill, crafted by Rep. Derek Kawakami, D-14th District, was signed into law by Gov. Neil Abercrombie last June.

According to DOT documents, the proposed changes would allow the DOT to collect assessments for speeding into a school zone and deposit them into a Safe Routes to School Program Special Fund.

The public hearing will be held by video conference at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 at the state Department of Transportation Highways Division Kauai district office, 1720 Haleukana St. in Lihue.

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