U.S. Rep. Rubén Hinojosa, D-McAllen, has announced that the Cities of Edinburg, McAllen and Sinton and the County of Hidalgo have been awarded more than $10 million in federal funds for the construction of sidewalks, crosswalks, the installation of bike racks and school zone signs under the Texas Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program.

The City of Edinburg is the largest recipient in the state of Texas of the SRTS program with a total of $7.6 million to 20 ECISD schools.

“I am very pleased to see that many of the elementary schools in Texas District 15 will be receiving funds that will make it safer for our children to travel to and from school”, said Hinojosa. Each of these cities and Hidalgo County moved quickly to apply for these grants. I congratulate everyone who was involved in securing these funds to keep our children safe”.

The Texas Transportation Commission (TTC) has approved 200 new federal Safe Routes to School projects totaling approximately $54.1 million to be used by local communities for education programs and infrastructure improvements that make it safer for Texas children to walk or bike to school.

Sinton, Edinburg, McAllen and La Feria along with Hidalgo County will also receive part of $1.7 million in statewide funding to be used for training, public information and education on public safety. These funds will also be used to certify public safety professionals and for the distribution of educational materials.

The Cities of La Feria and Sinton will each receive $500,000. McAllen was awarded $286,870 and Hidalgo County will receive $764,100.

Below is the breakdown of the recipients and the amount funded:

In Edinburg :

For SRTS Improvements- Construct Sidewalks, Redesign Crosswalks, Install Bike Racks:

Travis Elementary School - $373,360

Jose De Escandon Elementary School - $381,490

South Middle SRTS Improvements- $380,470

Freddy Gonzalez Elementary School - $382,560

Eisenhower Elementary School and Memorial Middle School - $370,000

Villarreal and Monte Cristo Elementary Schools - $380,760

De Zavala Elementary School - $381,900

Truman Elementary School - $382,870

Guerra Elementary School - $382,600

Cano-Gonzalez Elementary School - $378,960

B.L. Garza Middle School - $380,900

Trevino Elementary School - $380,760

Harwell Middle School - $382,560

L.B. Johnson Elementary School - $381,480

Austin Elementary School - $372,650

De La Vina Elementary School - $382,560

Lincoln Elementary School - $369,875

Robert E. Lee Elementary School - $382,960

Jefferson Elementary School - $381,480

Canterbury Elementary School - $380,470

In McAllen :

 For: Construction of Sidewalks

Cavazos Elementary School - $286,870

In Hidalgo County :

For SRTS Improvements- Construct Sidewalks, Redesign Crosswalks, Install Bike Racks:

Carmen Avila Elementary School - $382,200

San Carlos and J.F. Kennedy Elementary Schools - $381,070

Esparza and Betts Elementary Schools - $371,360