New sidewalks to boost safety at Study Elementary They will connect more than 100 homes to school.

Mayor Tom Henry on Wednesday joined Public Works staff members and students and staff from Study Elementary to break ground for sidewalks at Justin Study Park. The walks will connect more than 100 homes and provide students with a safe walking route to school. The sidewalks, which will connect five subdivisions to three entrance points at Study Park and connect to the school, will be built this summer.

The $42,990 project comes from the 2017 Public Works infrastructure fund and is not part of the proposal to adjust the local income tax to enhance neighborhood sidewalks and alleys and riverfront development.

If the income tax is adjusted, projects that would be made possible through that change would begin in 2018.

The city’s Public Works staff has been working with the Fort Wayne Community Schools to improve safety and connectivity. Over the past 10 years, Fort Wayne’s trail network has increased by 40 miles and the city has built 38 miles of sidewalks.