Volunteers work to make travel to school safer

Published: Oct. 16, 2017 at 5:11 PM EDT
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Volunteers and students in Harrisonburg are working on a big project in honor of "Walk and Bike to School Day" on Friday.

Volunteers from Renew Rocktown and Safe Routes to School broke ground on a new connector path for students at Thomas Harrison Middle School.

It runs off of Route 33 and goes behind the track at the school to make it easier and safer for students who want to ride their bikes or walk to school.

According to Tom Benevento, a Renew Rocktown volunteer, the group is working on getting more bicycle routes in the city, but for now they're doing what they can in the community.

"There's so much interest in the community between parents and the students that whatever part we can build, we're going to start to do," said Benevento.

Frazier Quarry is donating the 23 tons of materials needed. New Community Project and some JMU students are donating their labor to actually build the trail which was designed pro-bono by a local engineer.

On Wednesday, students from THMS and Eastern Mennonite Middle School will work on the project.