Grants from the Michigan Department of Transportation will help improve the "walkability" of the Dexter area.
A partnership including the village, Dexter Community Schools and the Chelsea-area Wellness Foundation is receiving about $225,000 to help close gaps in the community's sidewalks.
Village Manager Donna Dettling says there are good routes from most sub-divisions to Dexter Schools, but a few problem areas were identified in developing the safe routes to school planning document. Dettling says they hope to finalize designs and identify a contractor this winter, so construction on sidewalks and other projects can begin in the spring. She says the community is thrilled with the M-DOT funding and the planning work done through a great collaboration gave Dexter an enormous benefit.