Durant City workers continue work on sidewalks around Durant schools this week. Phase two of the city’s Safe Routes to School sidewalk project began approximately six weeks ago.
Phase one of the project resulted in 13 blocks around Washington Irving receiving new sidewalks.
Phase two will encompass 24 blocks around Washington Irving and Durant Middle School, connecting with the phase one sidewalks.
Sidewalks will stretch from 8th avenue to 10th avenue and from Mulberry Street to Beech Street.
The project is meant to encourage students to have healthy lifestyles by providing a safe way for them to walk to and from school.
The project is funded by a combination of two grants the city has received. These are the Safe Routes to School grant from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and a Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust that promotes healthy living.
Phase two is estimated to be complete in November or December of 2013. The end results will be 37 blocks receiving new sidewalks for Durant children to travel to and from school.