Safe Routes to School - No Cost to MERSD!
This week you have probably noticed that there is an extensive amount of work being done on the roads and driveway in front of Memorial School. This work is all part of the Safe Routes to School State Grant Project that was awarded to the Town of Manchester. Several years ago, the Manchester Bike and Pedestrian Committee began researching ways to improve access and safety for walkers and riders in the area around the Memorial School. The group applied for and won a state grant to improve sidewalk and road conditions. The entire project is grant funded and managed by the Mass Department of Transportation. The finished product will be a great benefit to the schools and town and is no cost to local taxpayers. Work will continue throughout October with the next phase of the project moving to the corner of Route 127 and Lincoln Street.
Did this project cause the road closure this week?
No. The Safe Routes to School team has committed to organize their work schedule as not to impact traffic during pick-up and drop-of at either the Memorial School or the Middle High School. Unrelated to the project, over the summer Memorial School had a break in its water line. The line had to be replaced and the road closure this week was due to the need to complete the repair and tie into the town system under Lincoln Street.