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Walk to school about to get safer in Canton

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CANTON, Mo. (WGEM) -

If your child walks to school, the last place you want him is in the street.  But for many kids, that's their only option because there's no sidewalk.  The city of Canton is about to change that and make the trip to and from school a lot safer.

Thanks to a federal grant, Canton will put in more than a half-mile of sidewalks.  The areas where new sidewalks will be installed or replaced near the school will be between 7th and Jamison and 5th and Washington.  Residents say they're glad to see the investment in student safety.

"And you can drive by and see kids walking and there aren't any sidewalks and it doesn't look safe," said mother Lawanda Losey.   

When school gets out, students are ready to get home.  For those who walk, it can be a cause of concern for mothers like Losey.

"You see kids walking even on the busy streets. I mean they walk clear down to the end of town and there aren't any sidewalks," she said.  

The city recently received a grant worth more than $230,000 to change that.  Canton R-V superintendent Andy Anderson said this will impact a lot of kids because about a quarter of his students walk home.  

"I would think that if it's safer, it just makes sense that more parents would want their kids to walk. Some may bring them now, but with the walks would think it's safer and let them walk," Anderson said.  

While the goal is to make the walk to school safer, Losey sees the new sidewalks as an advantage for all residents.

"There are several members of the community that like to get out and walk. So that's going to be a great improvement not just for the school but for our community as well," she said.  

Canton Mayor Jarrod Phillips hopes to start construction as early as this spring.  Superintendent Andy Anderson believes the entire sidewalk project could be completed by the fall of 2014.

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