School Kids Walk Next To Busy Highway

Some parents north of the metro believe a highway is too close for comfort. Their kids have to take a sidewalk next to it on the way to and from school.

Deerfield Primary school on the north side of Blair is near Highway 75. A traffic light provides safe crossing but for several blocks a group of 20 or so grade schools walk on a few feet from the highway on the way to their neighborhood.

The speed limit drops from 60 to 45 miles an hour. Parents and the school superintendent want it even lower to 35mph..

Parent Vicki Schrick said, "I don't know what is it going to take for the state to do something. Is it going to have to be a child that dies. "

But the District Engineer said several safety factors are in place light a warning light for drivers to see the light changing to red at the cross walk. Tim Weander said a study in 2011 showed at least 85% of the driver honor the 45 miles an hour speed limit. Weander said, "Based on the speed study, the geometrics and crash history there is no reason to lower the speed limit."

Weander said he cautioned the city of Blair when building a sidewalk so close to the highway. Blair's public works director said the state approved the sidewalk plans.

Blair is pricing a radar speed indicator that will tell driver approaching town from the north how fast they are going.

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