Dripping Springs eyes state grant funds for sidewalk improvements

Concerns about the safety of pedestrians walking on Sportsplex Drive is pushing Dripping Springs city officials to explore a program that could provide grant money for a sidewalk project.

According to a press release, the city of Dripping Springs is currently exploring a grant opportunity from TXDOT’s Transportation Alternative Set-Aside Program.

The grant program entails funding for projects that are limited to the construction of pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure projects in population areas less than 200,000 people.

If awarded grant money under this program, Dripping Springs would use these funds to construct and connect existing sidewalks on the entire length of Sportsplex Drive from Dripping Springs High to U.S. 290.

Currently, pedestrians, including students, walking to and from the high school along Sportsplex Drive are walking in the grass of the road’s shoulders, according to the release. Pedestrians are also walking in the street during rain events when the ground is muddy.

Pursuing this project with the adequate funding would result in safe walkways and would separate vehicles from pedestrians along the roadway.

Want to hear more about the project? 

The Dripping Springs City Council will discuss the project May 16, 6 p.m. at City Hall. For more information, please call City Hall 512-858-4725.

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