Vinson-Owen Elementary School, Winchester
The Massachusetts Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program targets elementary and middle schools with the aim of improving the health, safety, and physical activity of students while reducing air pollution and traffic congestion near schools. The program is nationally mandated but is managed by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT).
The purpose of this project is to provide safety improvements and enhanced access for children to walk to school, in addition to providing enhanced traffic flow for vehicles, pedestrians, and bicycles. The project includes new sidewalks, ADA compliant curb ramps, pedestrian crossings, bicycle-accommodating shoulders, and bicycle detection at intersections. A new traffic signal with an exclusive pedestrian phase will be installed at the intersection of Johnson Road and Ridge Street, and the intersection is proposed to be widened to accommodate a left turn lane. A new crossing and rectangular rapid flashing beacon (RRFB) is proposed at the intersection of Coolidge Road and Ridge Street to help provide continuity for pedestrians from the southern neighborhoods to the Vinson-Owen Elementary School. These improvements will provide safety and operational improvements for all modes of transportation.