(LOS ANGELES) -- Schools across California have been awarded a total of $48.5 million to help increase safety among students.
Officials said the money, awarded by Caltrans from the state's Safe Routes to School Program funds, will be split up among 139 projects to develop new sidewalks, bicycle lanes, and other safety improvements aimed at reducing injuries and fatalities among children in grades K-12.
"Safety is Caltrans' number one priority," Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty said in a statement. "We are committed to providing the highest safety possible for our children as they travel to and from school in California."
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