For Immediate Release
Pedestrian Safety Improvements in School Speed Zones
The City of Springfield and Springfield Public Schools will hold a news conference at 9 a.m., Monday, Aug. 13, 2012 at Sunshine Elementary School, 421 E. Sunshine Street, focusing on pedestrian safety improvements at school speed zones, as well as general school safety.
As students across the City prepare for an early return to classrooms next week, pedestrian safety should be foremost in the minds of motorists and parents. High and rising gas prices over the last few years have likely increased the amount of students who walk to school. In preparing for the new school year, the City has activated speed zones, remarked crosswalks, and checked signals for proper operation.
The City is in the process of completing the construction of over four miles of sidewalk located within elementary and middle school walking boundaries, with the construction of four additional miles scheduled for later this year. Funding for the school sidewalk program comes from the ¼-Cent Capital Improvements Sales Tax.
Speakers at the event will include Springfield Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Norm Ridder, and City of Springfield Mayor, Bob Stephens.
For more information, contact: Cora Scott, Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement, (417) 864-1009.