Project Will Improve Safety for Sherwood Elementary Students
A project to help keep kids safe as they bike and walk to Sherwood Elementary School is set to break ground next week.
The City of Melbourne will install a 5-foot wide sidewalk on both sides of Sherwood Boulevard between Warwick Road and Post Road where there currently are no sidewalks. The city will also reconstruct driveways and install curb ramps to aid people with disabilities, improve crosswalks and drainage, and add signage and thermoplastic striping. A pedestrian-actuated flashing sign will also be installed where Sherwood Boulevard meets busy Post Road. The sign will be similar to the one that has successfully improved pedestrian safety at the Strawbridge Avenue crossing next to City Hall (see photo above).
An average of 100 children walk or bike to and from Sherwood Elementary School each day. In designing the project, city engineers collaborated with the school’s principal, concerned parents and Melbourne Police officers to identify where infrastructure improvements could be made to benefit the greatest number of students. The new sidewalks and crosswalks will also benefit adults who walk to the bus stop on the south side of the intersection, as well as families who walk to the city swimming pool on Post Road.
The contract amount for the project is $233,346, which is being funded by a grant from the Safe Routes to School program. The city will pay an additional $10,000 for miscellaneous utility improvements that are not covered by the grant.
Safe Routes to School is a federally funded reimbursement program managed through the Florida Department of Transportation. Its goal is to enable and encourage students in kindergarten through eighth grade to safely walk and bike to school by facilitating the planning, design and implementation of infrastructure improvements in and around school neighborhoods.
The current crosswalks at Post Road will be made safer with better striping and signage to warn drivers on this busy stretch of road to look for children and pedestrians who may be trying to cross.
Sidewalks will be installed along both sides of Sherwood Boulevard where a lack of sidewalks has forced children to walk and bike alongside traffic in the roadway.
Sherwood Elementary Safe Routes to School project map.