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Merrimack Valley

July 16, 2013

Safe Routes to School hearing tonight

NORTH ANDOVER — People who live on Parker and Greene streets may get sidewalks in their neighborhood, compliments of the state and federal governments.

They may also see an increase in the number of children passing by their homes on the way to and from school.

The town has applied for a $600,000 Safe Routes to School grant and a hearing will be held tonight at 6 at Town Hall where residents can express their views on the project. Safe Routes to School is a federal program aimed at encouraging more students to walk to school.

While the money comes from the federal government, it is distributed by state departments of transportation. Town Planner Judy Tymon said Parker and Greene streets were chosen to be a part of the grant application because of their proximity to North Andover Middle School.

Town Manager Andrew Maylor said he thinks the application meets the criteria of the Safe Routes to School program. Tymon and others, including the Pedestrian and Bicycle Committee she chairs, have been advocating for ways to encourage local residents to walk and ride their bicycles more often.

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