BURLEY, Idaho (KLIX) – A number of community projects are planned this year across the state that aim to improve child pedestrian safety, and one of them is in Burley.

The projects, funded with general fund surplus money approved by the Idaho Legislature during the 2017 session, are a collaboration between the Idaho Transportation Department and the Local Highway Technical Assistance Council.

A $191,000 sidewalk-connection project for Highland Avenue and East 19th Street is planned in Burley, which, according to ITD, will provide nearly a half-mile of new sidewalk and Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant ramps that connect two schools along Highland Avenue, White Pine Intermediate and Dworshack Elementary.

Eleven other projects have been approved in other Gem State communities. Construction will start this spring, and must be completed before the end of the year.