New Brockton Approved to Apply for Safe Routes Grant

The New Brockton council unanimously approved a motion to apply for a federal "Safe Routes" grant.

The Highway 84 New Brockton bypass opened to traffic with speed limits at 65 miles per hour earlier this year.

Local officials say motorists driving at a high rate of speed are not uncommon in central Coffee County. The city council plans to apply for a "Safe Routes Grant" to improve traffic routes and warning signals near both the elementary and high schools.

"If New Brockton can get a 100-percent grant to make the sidewalks and roads safer for school children that's what we will do," said Mayor Lenwood Herron.

Charlotte Matthews often drives her granddaughter, Angel Davis, to the elementary school. She worries about drivers on cell phones and using other technologies' behind the wheel.

"I can sit and watch them on their cell phones, or playing with computers in the cars. It’s not safe for our kids," said Matthews.

Mayor Herron hopes to have an answer from Washington early next year in regard to the city's Safe Routes Grant request.

Mayor Herron expects the incoming Obama administration to look favorably upon public school related requests from local government.

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