Durant-Tuuri-Mott Elementary School is one of six schools chosen in five counties to receive a grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).

The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) grant is to help encourage more kids to walk and bike safely to school. Federal SRTS funding enables the schools to make infrastructure improvements and offer educational opportunities, such as the Walking School Bus Program.

Durant-Tuuri-Mott Elementary, in partnership with MDOT and the City of Flint, will install sidewalks and crosswalks at seven locations as a result of the grant. The school will also establish a pedestrian safety education and walking school bus programs. The project budget is just over $360,000.

State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle said "safe routes creates a partnership between schools, teachers, parents, students and local communities that result in transportation improvements that make walking and bicycling safer options for student of all ages." He added "MDOT is pleased to participate in this effort to encourage children to be more active and get regular exercise for good health."

SRTS funding is 100 percent federal, with no local match required. More information is available online at www.saferoutesmichigan.org.