Additional crosswalks, signs on tap in city
The daily journey to and from school should become safer in the coming months.
Acting Tonganoxie Police Chief Mark Williams spoke to the city council Monday about increasing the number of signs and crosswalks throughout the city for school children.
Williams proposed 14 enhancements as part of the department's school routing plan, one of which already is complete -- a school crossing sign on southbound U.S. Highway 24-40 at Second Street.
Some of the new signs still must receive county and state permission if posted on their roads, but assistant city administrator Kathy Bard said Tuesday that all signs and crosswalks should be in place by the end of the year.
"A lot of them are going to be done with the completion of Fourth Street," Bard said.
Williams also said officers will change shifts, coming on duty at 7:30 a.m. instead of 8 a.m. so they can better patrol school traffic in the mornings.
"We know that those are some areas of concern," Williams said Monday night.
Here is a list of the remaining crosswalks and signs slated for the city:
- Marked crosswalk at the intersection of Washington and Church (for pedestrians crossing Church).
- Marked crosswalk at the intersection of Washington and Delaware (for pedestrians crossing Washington).
- School crossing sign on westbound Fourth Street at Shawnee Street.
- School crossing signs on both sides of Washington at Church Street.
- School zone sign on westbound Washington just west of Bury.
- School zone sign on westbound Fourth Street west of Green Street.
- School crossing signs on both sides of Main Street near the soccer field.
- Pedestrian crossing signs on eastbound Washington, just east of Delaware and westbound Washington, just west of Delaware.
- Add at least one one-way arrow sign on Shawnee Street, just north of Fourth Street.
- Remove a school crossing sign on eastbound Fourth at Church street and replace it with a school zone sign west of Church.