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Safer routes to Victor schools coming

by Kelsie Smith

Victor, N.Y. - The Town of Victor and the Victor Central School District are working together to make it safer for walkers and bikers to get to school.

Right now, the kids, it's easier to take shortcuts through the neighbors' yard, said Joe Limbeck, who lives on Sagamore Way, the road that runs along the east side of the schools property. Limbecks best access to the schools on foot is along a busy road.

That stretch of Lane Road over by the bus garage is very curvy. The speeds are 45mph, and I've seen so many joggers and kids walking and people on bicycles, said Limbeck. I think the sidewalk is going to take them right out of traffic and make it a lot safer for them.

The town was awarded $398,816 as part of the Safe Routes to School Programs. Its a 100 percent federally funded reimbursement program.

It will add sidewalks along Lane Road to High Street and onto the school district's property.

The school's really fortunate they have a nice network of sidewalks within, said Victor Town Supervisor Jack Marren. It will expand that, as well get more families walking, students walking as well, so overall a community type of atmosphere, just enhances that.

The grant may also fund paving a dirt path to campus from Latchmere Drive.

Sophomore Kelly Robinson tells us, as a walker she likes that idea, under one condition.

It would be nice if in winter they would plow it, but other than that there's not really a point, said Robinson.

No date has been set yet for a public hearing.

The town hopes to begin work this year.

The town is also adding sidewalks along High Street on the west side of campus, as part of the High Street Capital Improvement Project.

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