Project creates miles of sidewalks

HARLINGEN — It’s getting safer for children to walk to school.

City and school district leaders have teamed up to build more sidewalks to help students walk and ride their bicycles to school.

The project also helps residents take longer walks in an effort to become healthier.

“It’s definitely helped from a safety standpoint,” Oscar Tapia, the school district’s assistant superintendent for district operations, said yesterday. “We got the kids off the streets and shoulders.”

As part of the program, the school district buys construction material while city crews build the sidewalks, City Manager Dan Serna said yesterday.

Since 2014, the partnership has helped build 18,110 liner feet, or about 3.4 miles, of sidewalks to tie neighborhoods with schools.

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