Tosa Community Offers Suggestions to Improve School Traffic
Wauwatosa community members continued to discuss ways to make traffic safer in school zones.
Parents, teachers, city officials and school administrators addressed traffic issues around Madison Elementary School and along Center Street corridor where West High, Whitman Middle and Eisenhower Elementary.
Last year the city and school district agreed to each pay half the cost of hiring Ayres Associates, a firm with specialists in traffic engineering, to look at ways to improve safety in those zones.
During the public forum last week a consultant from Ayres said that conflict lied mostly in pickup and drop-off periods where there is high traffic volume, high speeds, children leaving cars and crossing streets, reported Wauwatosa Now.
It was even said that parents also present a danger.
Last year the Wauwatosa School Board approved adjusting start times to improve traffic safety, in which high schools starts at 8 a.m., middle schools at 8:10 a.m., and elementary schools at 8:20 a.m.
The consultant said the different start times have improved traffic but not entirely.
Last year the school custodians put up temporary signs that say "hug and go," reported Wauwatosa Now.
Other suggestions included adding a sidewalk, enlarging the parking lot and adding a one-way drop-off loop.