Cherokee Schools Receive $400K Federal Award

Canton's Joseph Knox Elementary is among the recipients of the Safe Routes to School money.

Five Cherokee County elementaries, in Canton among them, can make their schools more pedestrian- and bicyclist-friendly thanks to a $400,000 boost that the State Transportation Board announced this morning.

The federal Safe Routes to School money will fund projects at Ball Ground, Carmel, Holly Springs, Knox and Woodstock Elementary Schools. Intended to reduce traffic and air pollution, the money will allow the campuses to construct or make improvements to sidewalks and crosswalks, Georgia Department of Transportation spokesman Mohamed Arafa said in a news release this morning.

“SRTS is a program that advocates for safe walking and bicycling to and from schools, and in daily life, to improve the health and well-being of our children,” said Brandon Beach, a transportation board member in Georgia’s sixth congressional district. “The Georgia DOT is committed to providing a pedestrian friendly environment in all our cities and towns, and the approved funds are proof of that commitment.”

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