Schools, city work on pedestrian routes

Schools want students who live nearby to be able to walk or ride their bikes to class safely.

New road, trail and sidewalk projects are creating new opportunities for how students can get to school but also present new dangers as they try to cross or walk or bike along busy roads.

For example, Franklin plans to build walking trails to connect students to Webb and Needham elementary schools but also is sending more semis on a truck route on nearby Eastview Drive. In addition, vehicles wouldn’t have to stop as they enter a new roundabout at the nearby intersection, another potential hazard for young pedestrians.

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