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The two partners want to create a safer route around the school in southern Newberg

COURTESY PHOTO - Edwards Elementary School and the city of Newberg want to hear from the public on safer routes to school as part of a state program.

The city of Newberg, in conjunction with the Newberg School District, is seeking public input on how to create a safer route for students walking and biking to Edwards Elementary School.

Utilizing a grant they received from the Oregon Department of Transportation in June 2019, the city and the school district have created a survey to assemble public input, then will create a plan incorporating that input before filing for a second grant from ODOT.

The grant awarded in 2019 provides an ODOT consultant toward creating a new Safe Routes for School Plan for the school in southern Newberg. The hope is that with the consultant's help the application will be sufficiently strong to garner funding from the state to implement the plan through what ODOT calls a SRTS Infrastructure Competitive Grant Application.

The SRTS, according to a release from the city, "identifies both infrastructure and non-infrastructure programs that will make it safer for students walking and biking to school." Infrastructure projects could include creating new sidewalks or sidewalk ramps; non-infrastructure programs could involve educating youth on the importance of wearing bicycle helmets or implementing a safer system for parents dropping their kids off at school.

Edwards, the release said, was chosen in part due to the high number of streets near the school that are missing sidewalks along critical pedestrian routes. Identified in the city's transportation systems plan, many of these routes also lack curb ramps or have ramps that do not conform to current standards.

"I am very happy that we are collaborating on this project," Edwards Elementary Principal Scott Murphy said. "The Edwards community, staff and parents are always looking for ways to improve the safety of our students. We strongly believe that by working together we are able to consistently improve how we serve our students."

Those interested in contributing input can answer a short survey that identifies possible projects and areas of concern at and selecting "Newberg" as the community they are associated with.

For more information, email city project engineer Brett Musick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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