Traffic Controls Near New School

Published 08/30 2016 10:50PM

Updated 08/30 2016 10:50PM

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Following rules is a part of growing up.

Listening to adults who tell you to look both ways, and in turn as an adult, we follow the rules of the road.

Enrollment in the Minot Public School District has grown by 100 students since May, -- and the District itself has grown, too.

With enough students to fill a brand-new elementary school, that also means a growing amount of traffic in that area.

As Jennifer Kleen tells us, those busy streets near John Hoeven Elementary School were not ready to accommodate our smallest commuters.

(Jennifer Kleen, KX News) It's a right of passage.

(Parent) "We've always looked forward to having this school in the neighborhood so the kids could all bunch up and walk to school together."

(Kleen) But there's a bit of a road block.

(Parent) "With the traffic, it's a little bit unsure yet if we'd like to let them come on their own."

(Kleen) John Hoeven Elementary School is now the cornerstone for two major streets in southeast Minot.

(Mark Vollmer, Superintendent Minot Public Schools) "13th is a very busy street."

(Kleen) The problem: that busy street is not yet marked as a school zone.

(Vollmer) "All the sudden on the 24th of August, we have a school in a very busy part of town."

(Kleen) The solution is in progress.

(Sunil Jeboo, Traffic Engineer for the City of Minot) "So far, pavement markings for the crosswalks have gone in."

(Kleen) Crosswalk signs will be in this week. Reducing the speed limit from 30 miles per hour to 20 miles per hour for a school zone will fall to Minot City Council for a second reading on September 6th to change the ordinance.

(Jeboo) "As soon as we get the go ahead from council, they'll go up."

(Vollmer) "In the meantime, we're going to take every precaution, until we're finalized in all of this with the signage up, but we'll have crossing guards out there until that time."

(Kleen) A solo commute will have to wait a bit longer.

(Parent) "I try to walk them at least across this street and then they can go from there. They can handle it."

(Kleen) Go ahead and let them be little.

(Vollmer) "It melts my heart to see those families walking those kids to school."

(Kleen) ...in the name of traffic safety.

(Parent) "It happens so fast and our kids could be gone."

(Kleen) If approved on the second reading, the school zone markings will be complete September 7th. Near John Hoeven Elementary School in Minot, Jennifer Kleen, KX News.

'Rapid flash signs' are the newest technology in school zone traffic signals.

Those signs may be considered in future budget cycles.

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