Funds approved for street improvements near Taft Community School

Street safety improvements set for Taft Community School

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The streets near Taft Community School at 903 10th Ave. are slated to receive pedestrian safety and stormwater treatment improvements with help from a $250,000 grant from the San Mateo City and County Association of Governments.

On Monday, Redwood City’s council approved combining the grant with funds contributed by the Stanford Redwood City project to accomplish $650,000 worth of pedestrian safety and bio-retention projects adjacent to Taft Community School and KIPP Excelencia Community Prep School in Redwood City.

The grant will help fund bulbouts at each corner of 5th Avenue and Page Street with five bio-retention areas; bulbouts at each corner of 8th Avenue and Page Street; four high-visibility crosswalks at 10th Avenue and Page Street; a crosswalk beacon system at 10th Avenue and Bay Road; and a new high-visibility crosswalk and beacon system at 8th Avenue and Bay Road.

Educational signage will be placed near the intersection of 5th Avenue and Page Street explaining the project benefits (stormwater treatment and pedestrian safety), according to city documents.

The installations will “will improve water quality through increased stormwater treatment and increase pedestrian safety for children walking to and from school,” the city says.

The city will maintain the new street amenities and hopes to launch the design phase for the project this year, with construction expected in 2019.

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