Menifee uses Measure DD funds to build ‘missing’ sidewalks near schools

The north side of Holland Road now has 750 feet of new sidewalk, which allows school children to walk safely to South Shore Elementary School every day. The funds for this sidewalk come from Measure DD tax dollars, the 1 percent sales tax that was approved by voters in 2017. Courtesy photo

MENIFEE – Students walking to South Shore Elementary and Menifee Elementary schools now have continuous, safe sidewalks to use thanks to the city’s Missing School Sidewalks project, which is funded by Measure DD tax dollars. These sidewalks are the first two out of 11 projects completed from the city’s Missing School Sidewalks project.

Nearly 750 feet of new sidewalk was built along the north side of Holland Road, connecting the existing sidewalk on Holland Road to the existing sidewalk on South Shore Drive, creating a continuous and safe walkway to South Shore Elementary School.

On Garbani Road, from Evans Road to Menifee Elementary School, the city constructed 1,240 feet of new sidewalk on the south side of the street to improve safety along this busy road used to access the school.

The city, in partnership with the Menifee Unified School District, created the Missing School Sidewalk project plan that identifies 11 locations near Menifee schools with incomplete sidewalks. Combined, these projects will build 10,702 linear feet of new sidewalks to improve pedestrian safety near schools in Menifee. This infrastructure improvement program is budgeted at $500,000 and fulfills the promise by the Menifee City Council to use Measure DD funds only for particular uses, such as infrastructure improvements and public safety.

“Thanks to Menifee residents who voted for Measure DD (a 1 percent sales tax approved by voters in 2017), we now have access to critical funding to complete these vital safety improvements,” Jonathan Smith, Menifee’s public works director and city engineer, said. “We’re working with our valued partners, like Menifee Unified School District, to prioritize projects, coordinate funding and get these sidewalks built.”

For more information, contact Smith’s office at (951) 672- 6777 or email him directly at [email protected].

Menifee has 1,240 feet of new sidewalk on Garbani Road as well, which will improve safety as school children walk to Menifee Elementary School every day. The funds for this sidewalk come from Measure DD tax dollars, the 1 percent sales tax that was approved by voters in 2017. Courtesy photo

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