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Proposed modifications would impact Roton MS

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Norwalk, CT | Added on March 27, 2014 At 10:29 AM

Warmer weather makes it comfortable to walk to school. But some Roton Middle School parents are concerned it may not be safe.

"I want my kids to walk to school but they can't because it's not safe," said Margee Aldrich, a Roton Middle School parent.

Wednesday evening, the Department of Public Works hosted a public information session about the proposed Safe Routes to School Project for Roton Middle School.

"You don't want to spend money designing a project and getting it out there and advertising it and starting construction and people say, 'what are you doing? We don't want this or it should be this way.'", said Department of Public Works Senior Engineer Michael Yeosock.

The proposed plan will include improvements to pedestrian safety and traffic calming measures, like flashing lights, speed indication signs, and an extra lane exiting the school, which raised some concerns.

"That seems like an awful lot of watching and then you add the kids to that mix. That seems like a lot of congestion or possible accidents happening."

"There is going to be a stop sign. It's common sense. It's paying attention to what you are doing. By putting that [extra] lane in, we think we are going to reduce the aggravation factor. That's what makes people take a chance," responded Richard Linnartz, Principal Engineer for the Department of Public Works.

Some parents were in support of the proposed improvments.

Michelle Capece, a Roton Middle School parent said, "I would really like my two boys and daughter who is coming here next year to be able to ride their bikes and walk to school. Today I don't allow it because of the traffic. I think it will be a year round effect, I hope it would be."

The project is expected to cost approximately $450,000 which will be funded by federal assistance.  The project will go before the Common Council on April 8th. 

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