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Crossing guard Ruth Bell stops traffic Friday at the corner of Colorado Highway 13 and E. Ninth St. near Craig Middle School. Next year the City of Craig will put more than $180,000 in Safe Routes to School grant money to construct sidewalks near the CMS and Sandrock Elementary School campuses.

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City wins grant for sidewalks near CMS, Sandrock Elementary

It’s not uncommon to see school children walking in the street or along Colorado Highway 13 during their daily commute to Craig Middle School and Sandrock Elementary. But those days are officially numbered. On Tuesday Craig City Manager Jim Ferree announced to the Craig City Council its Safe Routes to School grant application had been accepted. Safe Routes to School provides federal money for improvement projects in and around schools. The 100 percent reimbursable grant is funneled through the Colorado Department of Transportation. The Moffat County School District wrote the grant, Ferree said, but it was submitted by the city because only political subdivisions of the state — cities and counties — are eligible to apply.

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