LAFAYETTE — Students may soon have a safer walk to school in some areas of the parish.

The Lafayette City-Parish Council on Tuesday voted to move forward with plans for new sidewalks, crosswalks, signs and pavement markings to make it safer and easier for students to walk to Ossun Elementary, Duson Elementary and Ernest J. Gallet Elementary schools.

Similar projects have already been approved for Woodvale Elementary and L.J. Alleman Middle schools.

Funding for the work comes from about $440,000 in grants from the federal Safe Routes to School Program.

“We are trying to get more people to walk to school,” said City-Parish Director of Traffic and Transportation Tony Tramel, whose department secured the grant money.

The main obstacle in some areas of the parish is the lack of a sidewalk or a secure street crossing.

For example, some students at Duson Elementary now have to walk in the street to access the school, according to information from city-parish government.

Construction on the sidewalks, crosswalks and other improvements is expected to begin within the next year or so, with the Woodvale and L.J. Alleman projects coming online first because they are further along in the design stages.

In other business:

BUILDINGS CONDEMNED: The council voted to condemn two dilapidated storage buildings at 403 Attakapas Road, which means city-parish government can demolish the building if the owner refuses to do so.

SPEED BUMPS PLANNED: The council also approved plans to install four speed bumps on El Shaddai Drive.

Tramel said the bumps, which were requested by residents in the area, could be in place within 60 days.