Footbridge for college pupils

Plans to construct a footbridge over a section of busy Kifissias Avenue in northern Athens, where a college pupil was fatally injured earlier this month, are to go ahead after his school decided to play a significant role in the project. The board of the Hellenic American Educational Foundation, which runs Athens College and Psychico College, agreed yesterday to manage the scheme after Infrastructure Minister Dimitris Reppas said he would approve the building of the footbridge in Filothei, where college children often cross from one side of the road to the other at great risk because of the lack of safe areas for them to wait. Solonas Karydakis was struck by a car crossing this section of the road on December 4. The 15-year-old died later in hospital. His father, Phaedon Karydakis, is one of the civil engineers who will conduct a statics study for the project. Several other experts have also agreed to contribute their time free of charge.

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