Parents wait for school zone on busy road

April 2, 2013 12:10:17 PM PDT
Some residents of a Raleigh neighborhood say they want the walk to Brier Creek Elementary to be safer.

They've been pleading with the NC Department of Transportation and the Raleigh City Council to approve a traffic light and get 'school zone' signs at the intersection of Brier Creek Parkway and Arnold Palmer Drive.

There have been several accidents at the intersection this school year alone. Residents say when the school was first built, there was really was nothing around it. But now that there are apartments and shops, they can't walk across the street safely, and they want that to change.

"It's a very scary street to cross, especially during rush hour and we cross often to go to Walgreens to get our milk and come from school," explained parent Andrea Cote Smith.

More than 600 parents and residents have signed a petition to get the DOT - which maintains the road - to put in a stop light - and the city council to install school zone signs on the 45 mile per hour road.

The parents aren't starting from scratch. They've already met all the criteria for getting approved, but the DOT has put them on a to-do list of projects - along with dozens of others across the state.

An outside group has already agreed to fund the project. The DOT says it's meeting with that group next week.

"We want the city council to work with the DOT, cut through that red tape and help make this a priority for this school year," said Barbara Martin with the Brier Creek Elementary PTA.

With no timeline in place, parents - and even the principal at Brier Creek Elementary - are pleading for a quick answer so students can be safe and healthy.

"We want our kids to walk to school. We have a health and wellness committee here. We're trying to promote more health and wellness at the school," said Principal Sandy Chambers.

The DOT says the project would cost $115,000 and they are actively working to secure the funding. The parents say the city won't put school zone signs on Brier Creek Parkway until the DOT installs the stoplight.

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