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Rectangular rapid flashing beacons are planned for the junction of Idaho and 7th street to alert motorists of kids crossing to reach the swimming pool complex.

KAMIAH — The City of Kamiah will receive two grants totaling $727,000 to improve sidewalks and street crossings to promote safer pedestrian travel. One grant is funded by the State of Idaho, the other from federal funds, with both programs administered by Idaho’s Local Highway Technical Assistance Council (LHTAC).

Scott Linja, a project engineer with Keller & Associates Engineering, worked with Mike Tornatore, Kamiah’s deputy city clerk to apply for both grants. Linja explained the terms of the grants to the city council and mayor during the July 27 Kamiah city council meeting. Both applications focus on improving pedestrian connections between the school, swimming pool complex and downtown. They show the poor condition of many sidewalks and inconsistency with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility standards for the sidewalks, curb ramps and crosswalks, in terms of width and slope.

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Scott Linja, project engineer, Keller & Associates Engineering, explains recently awarded grants to Kamiah City Council.