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Hood River, OR 97031
Budget: $4 million
Completion: June 2015


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The Safe Routes to School Initiative started over forty years ago in Denmark to reduce the number of children killed while walking or bicycling to school. The first modern Safe Routes to School program in the US began in 1997 in New York and by 2005 became a national program spreading to all fifty states.

Between 1969 and 2001 the number of school aged children that walked or biked to school went from 50% down to 10%. gallery 2 This drastic change has added to traffic congestion, a reduction in air quality and the deterioration of our children’s health. In 2009, American families drove 30 billion miles and made 6.5 billion vehicle trips to take their children to and from schools.

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) was established in 2005 through Federal legislation to enable and encourage children to walk and bicycle to school; to make walking and bicycling to school safe and more appealing; and to facilitate the planning, development and implementation of projects that will improve safety, and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of schools.

This grant program is administered by the Department of Transportation in the State of Washington and the State of Oregon through their Local Programs Division.
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Both the City of Hood River, Oregon and the City of White Salmon, Washington have applied for and received grants for a Safe Routes to School project in their communities.

Bell Design has helped with all aspects of this process including grant writing, engineering design, contract specifications, project administration and services during construction.

BDC is an active member of the Safe Routes to School Action Network in Washington State. Contact us today to find out how we can help you budget, plan, and engineer your next Safe Routes to School Project.







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  • Bell Design Company is a civil engineering company with 20 years experience in the Portland metro area, and also servicing the Columbia River Gorge. We provide planning, design and permitting consultation for all sizes of company. We also use advanced surveying techniques, CAD modeling, Hydraulic Modeling, GIS and GPS surveying and mapping for all of our projects. We do Structural Analysis, Structural Design, Gravity and Lateral Design and Code Review, Bridge Design & Evaluation, Foundation Design, Retaining Wall Design, Seismic Retrofits, Failure Investigations, Peer Reviews, Agency Reviews, Water or sewer or Storm Analysis, Water and Sewer and Storm Master Plans, Water and Sewer and Storm Design, On-Site Septic Design, Hydraulic and Hydrologic Modeling, Surge Analysis, Scour Analysis, Flood Elevation Studies. We are also a Oregon Certified Water Rights Examiner. We perform Public and Private Road Design, commercial and municipal, Plat and Subdivision Roads, Site Design and Site Plans, Drainage Plans, Horizontal and Vertical Curves, Pavement Design, Guardrail & Appurtenances, Storm Water Facilities, Falsework, Formwork, Cost Estimating, Contract Management, Construction Inspection, Project Start-up & Close Out, Safety, Quality and Work Plans, Delay and Comp Claims, CPM Scheduling, O&M Manuals, Change Order Management, Progress Payment Verification, Land Divisions and Adjustments, Topographical Mapping,ALTA Surveys, Boundary and Legal Surveys, As-built Surveys, Construction Layout & Staking, Corner Location, GPS and GIS Surveys or Mapping, Mining Reclamation Plans, Site Plans, Legal Description Prep and Review. We also provide AutoCAD Services, CAD Standards Development, As Built Updates, Geotechnical Investigations, Erosion and Sediment Control, Lab Services & Field Testing, Shallow Foundations, Deep Foundations, Braced Cuts and Sheet Pile Design, Soil & Ground Modifications, Slope Stabilization and Slope Analysis. We provide all Environmental Consulting and Training, Material & Waste Recycling, Remediation Design, Reclamation Design, Permitting & Planning, Compliance & Monitoring, Pollution Prevention and control for your project. Bell Design Company is the Civil Engineering and land survey company of choice for SE Washington State, Portland Metro, Hood River, Stevenson, the Dalles, Goldendale, Trout Lake, Gresham, Troutdale, Vancouver, and Oregon State. We service the PDX, SEA and Bend DMAs and honor all government, federal, municipal, state and regional contracts on time and under budget. We are a safe routes to school consultant, and are in the federal safe routes to school national partership. We are also on the safe routes to school committee for washington state. We are an acting advisor for the safe routes to school program in oregon and washington state.