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Proposals given on walking traffic around school


A machinery operator digs a deep hole just off the roadway at the school construction site, where a temporary walkway is proposed. — Scott Hunter photo

Coulee Dam council heard two proposals to improve pedestrian circulation around the K-12 school site project at its meeting last Wednesday.

Roger Easling, construction project manager, outlined two proposals on walking traffic and the council picked up and approved both.

The proposal was for one or the other solution, but councilman Ben Alling like both and proposed that. It quickly passed.

Easling explained that because of the building project, the contractor had removed the walking route between the neighborhood on the north and the school and town on the south.

The solutions proposed included the construction of a gravel path below the sandpile and stripe crosswalks across Central and Crest Drives to access this path, focusing pedestrian traffic to the other side of the street from the school,

The other suggestion was to temporarily stripe and cone off a 4-5 foot strip of roadway adjacent to the existing construction fence from the start of the fence at the high school, to the northerly crosswalk at Crest/Central Drive. This would allow pedestrians to travel the shortest route and force construction workers to park to the east below the sandpile.

The school project is targeted to be complete in October, 2014.

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