New sidewalks, crosswalks and curb ramps will be constructed in several neighborhoods courtesy of a $250,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Transportation'€™s (INDOT) Safe Routes to School program.

The improvements will link 11 neighborhoods along East State Boulevard and Maysville and Lahmeyer roads with five schools. The schools are Blackhawk Middle, Haley Elementary, Blackhawk Christian Elementary, Blackhawk Christian Jr/Sr High, and St. Peter'€™s Lutheran.

A construction timeline will be determined in the coming weeks. The total cost of the project is expected to be nearly $274,000.

The Safe Routes to School program is aimed at making bicycling and walking to school and other destinations safer. The program also compliments the City'€™s Green City Initiative to enhance greenways and trails throughout the community.