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Schools and school zones

 

A Clarksville SchoolI was reading the Leaf Chronicle today and saw an announcement about a city council vote to place a school zone warning light at the intersection of Tiny Town Road and Little Bobcat Lane tonight.

Does the new school not have sufficient access to Little Bobcat Lane in order to remove the necessity of slowing down such a critical traffic artery during some of the busiest traffic flow times. If not, then the question which must be answered is why?

I am sure that there will be a stop light at this intersection. One that would allow the smooth and safe flow of vehicles on and off of Tiny Town Road to Little Bobcat Lane.The school zone can not be intended to protect walking children, as any parent that allows their child to walk unattended on such busy roads, school zone or not, need their head examined and their child removed from their custody to a safer enviroment.

We need to review the location of existing and future schools and attempt to limit their impact on the traffic in the areas which surround them whenever possible.

It’s one thing, if the school is actually located on the road as in the case of North East High school. It’s another where in the case of New Providence Middle School and it’s school zone on New Providence Boulevard when the school is located off the main road and the traffic flow can safely be handled by the existing stoplights or adding new ones in the area, limiting the use of school zones to roads which actually have schools located on them.

New Providence Middle School

The image above shows the school, there is a school zone on New Providence Blvd. It’s the primary cause of the nightly traffic snarls on this road. The main road could be sped up by blocking access to the school from New Providence BLVD and locating a stoplight where the road from the school enters Preachers Mill.

What’s your opinion on the location of schools and school zones in this city? Let us know!


About Bill Larson

    Bill Larson

    Bill Larson is  is politically and socially active in the community. Bill is a member of the Friends of Dunbar Cave.

    You can reach him via telephone at 931-249-0043 or via the email address below.

    Email: blarson@clarksvilleonline.com

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