District partners with county for street improvements
District partners with county for street improvements
Posted on 05/01/2016

A new concrete sidewalk, curb, and gutter will be installed in front of Ballou Junior High this summer in the areas where gravel currently exists on both sides of 136th Street East. The project will improve safety for pedestrians.
 
Pierce County Public Works and Utilities, with assistance from the district, has secured grant funding to design and construct the new sidewalk, curb, and gutters.
Additional improvements include upgrading existing roadway lighting to LED lighting and ADA curb ramp improvements at various locations along the sidewalk, including the crosswalk in front of Ballou.
 
The crosswalk is used daily by students, parents, and the community. The project improvements are within the walking areas for Ballou Junior High and Firgrove Elementary. The voter approved 2015 School Construction and Facility Improvements bond will replace Firgrove with a 30 home room classroom elementary on the existing site, scheduled to open in September 2019.
 
"This project will have a direct benefit to our students and their families," stated Director of Facilities Planning Brian Devereux.
In 2014 the Puyallup School Board approved a resolution agreeing to contribute $7,500 in matching capital funds to the project. Pierce County Public Works has shared the total project cost at $618,000.
 
The joint grant application between the school district and Pierce County Public Works and Utilities is resulting in great benefit for students, families, and community members at minimal cost to tax payers.
 
During the design phase the county discovered that it would need 18 feet of district property to complete the sidewalk improvements. The school board approved a resolution to dedicate approximately 18 square feet of property to the county at the February 22 board meeting.
 
Pierce County Public Works and Utilities is scheduled to begin the work during the summer of 2016 soon after the school year ends. Project completion is expected prior to the beginning of the 2016-17 school year.