Upper Explorerland is excited to announce the awarding of funding in the amount of $115,000 for a Safe Routes to School Plan. The Iowa Transportation Commission approved $1,512,885 in total funding for 14, Safe Routes to School program projects throughout the state. Five projects were awarded for non-infrastructure and nine were awarded for infrastructure. The program was created with federal transportation funds in 2005 with the purpose of increasing the number of children safely walking and bicycling to school. Funding is available to cities, counties, state agencies, nonprofit organizations, and public and private schools through an annual application-based program. We will be working closely with the 20 school districts in our region creating this plan. For more information contact Casey Mai at 563-382-6171, ext 212.