Safer Ways For Kids To Get To School (VIDEO)

By Corinne Rose

May 28, 2013 Updated May 28, 2013 at 5:55 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- On the northeast side of Fort Wayne, hundreds of school children will have a safer option to walk or ride their bikes to school.

The construction near the intersection of State and Lehmeyer will connect five schools to 11 nearby neighborhoods.

The $387,000 project will fill the gaps between stretches of existing sidewalk. $250,000 of the cost comes from a state grant.

Parents and school administrators say the nearly mile-long stretch of sidewalks will allow more students to safely walk and bike to school, instead of walking along busy streets in the grass.

“There's kids all along here, and every morning they're walking down here, both sides of the streets. And so it'll be good. I think it'll be good to connect everybody,” says Nicole Bedree, a mother of students who walk to and from school.

The sidewalk will not extend as far as Bedree’s house, but will still provide some length toward the school.

The project should be complete by the end of June.

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