P21147 – Filling the Gaps: Safe Walking Routes to Schools

Project Status:

Designs are in progress.

Project Description:

Various schools across Springfield lack sidewalk infrastructure to provide their students with safe, convenient, and continuous walking routes to schools. This project consists of sidewalk projects that will bridge the gaps along key walking routes. The locations were identified in the Springfield Public Schools Supplemental Busing Plan and Safe Routes to School planning efforts. This package of ADA accessible sidewalk projects will help improve conditions for students walking to and from school across Springfield and other people who wish to use sidewalks. This infrastructure will provide the backbone to getting more students to walk to school again, reduce pollution from family vehicle traffic, and work toward addressing the high youth obesity rates in schools across the city.

Approximately 2,500 linear feet of separated walking facilities will be added to the walking network and 32 new ADA ramps will be built within city owned right of way. Five gaps in the walking network to schools will be filled and a ramp at L St will be constructed to improve bicycle access to Centennial Elementary School.

Following is the list of priority locations, which will be constructed in two phases:

Phase 1

  • 21st (west side) – L St to Centennial
  • E St (south side) – 51st St to 52nd St
  • E St (north side) – 51st St to E St cul-de-sac
  • L St Curb Cut – Centennial Elementary School Access


Phase 2

  • Rainbow (west side) – West M St to Centennial
  • 31st St (east side) – EWEB Multi-use Path to V St


Map of SWRTS Project Locations