The city of Mayflower is a recent recipient of a Safe Routes to School grant.

The Arkansas State Highway Department grant provides almost $95,000 for sidewalk construction in high foot traffic areas, specifically those leading to the elementary school.

"Not all schools have sufficient routes for small children to walk to school," Wes Lowder, vice president of Mehlburger Brawley engineering firm said. "In Mayflower’s case it was pretty pronounced."

Lowder’s Little Rock firm has developed a sidewalk plan that would connect the city’s existing sidewalks to the school and the city park.

"The only way for kids who have to walk to school is down a narrow road with hardly enough room for two cars to pass," Lowder said. "There are also deep ditches on either side that prevent them from walking off of the road."

Lowder said the firm drew the plans as a service to the city, and the Highway Department will make the final selection.

Mayor Randy Holland said the project, which may begin in about a year, will not only benefit the school, but will provide safe walking routes in the Town Center, where Mayflower’s municipal buildings, library, senior citizens center, fire and police stations are located.

Holland and superintendent John Gray collaborated to apply for the Safe Routes to School grant, which Holland said will be beneficial for both the school and the citizens of Mayflower.

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