Rep. Brady: State Grant Finalized to Improve Safety for Schoolchildren in Fairbury

Rep. Brady updates the Fairbury City Council on the status of a DCEO grant to help improve school zone safety near Prairie Central High School.

$150,000 in state grant funding is on the way to the City of Fairbury to make improvements ensuring the safety of schoolchildren near a key school transportation hub in the City. State Representative Dan Brady secured the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Grant in the Fiscal Year 2019 budget negotiations last year. He said he’s very pleased that the final agreements have now been signed, and the funding for safety improvements near Prairie Central High School is on the way.

“This is great news for the City, for Mayor Slagel and for administrators at C.U.S.D. #8 who worked hard on this grant. But most of all, its great news for schoolchildren of all ages who are walking or catching their bus near the High School. I was proud to help secure the funding needed to make the area safer for everyone,” Rep. Brady said.

“The High School not only sees daily foot and bike traffic from High School students but it also serves as a hub for busing young children to and from the other five schools within the district. We were looking into the ‘Safe Route to Schools’ program for funding, but it specifically excludes High Schools. I want to thank Representative Brady for working with us to secure the funding through DCEO,” said Fairbury Mayor David Slagel.

According to City Administrators, the project will include the installation of sidewalks along E. Wanda Lane near the High School to improve safety for children walking. There will also be a new crosswalk at Wanda Lane and 7th Street for safer intersection crossing, and new signage to alert motorists that they are entering a school zone and should slow down and watch for children.

“This is most definitely money well spent and I’m looking forward to ground breaking on the new improvements in early spring,” Rep. Brady concluded.