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Germantown receives grant for Riverdale School area


Germantown has received a TDOT Safe Routes to School grant for the Riverdale School area.
The grant totals $215,795, of which $190,811 will be used for the addition of new sidewalks in neighborhoods within one mile of Riverdale School.
The remaining $24,984 will go toward supporting educational activities for all K-8 Riverdale students. This includes TDOT’s Safety City program for children grades K-3 and a Bike Rodeo for students in grades 4-8.
The overall goal of the Safe Routes to School program is to provide “safe passage for students walking and/or biking to and from school.”
This compliments the TDOT Safe Routes grant received in 2015 and provides additional funds for the city to complete sidewalk improvements for the Riverdale School neighborhood.
Safe Routes to School is a federally funded program focusing on the benefits of children walking and biking to school. Its programs aim to improve safety for children and the community and provide opportunities to increase physical activity.
A model program integrates health, fitness, traffic relief, environmental awareness, and safety under one program.
In 2015, TDOT received 25 applications requesting over $5 million. Through 2015, Tennessee’s SRTS Program has awarded 130 projects totaling over $18.6 million. Germantown was the only Shelby County municipality to participate in the grant program.
Rossville Christian Academy was the only other area school to receive a grant last year.