Pedestrian safety subject of meeting

HOLLIS – School and town officials will meet with parents on Monday to discuss concerns about pedestrian safety and a federal program, Safe Routes to School, that provides funding to build sidewalks and develop walking and safety programs.

Neighboring Brookline applied for and received a Smart Routes grant last year and has instituted several programs. In addition, Brookline has secured federal Safe Routes funds to expand sidewalks near the town’s two elementary schools.

The Hollis meeting will be held in the Town Hall Community Room at 3 p.m.

Some parents have voiced particular concerns about middle school students crossing Route 122 before and after school. In addition, residents have expressed concerns about Hollis Four Corners, where a traffic signal doesn’t allow for pedestrian crossings.

There has also been talk about putting in sidewalks from the Four Corners to the elementary schools, Hollis Primary and Hollis Upper Elementary.