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Crosswalk proposed at Pioneer Trail Elementary

Crosswalk proposed at Pioneer Trail Elementary

September 20th, 2017 by Jeff Haldiman in News

A crosswalk is seen Tuesday near Pioneer Trail Elementary School. The County Commission is currently considering another crosswalk near the school.

Photo by Shelby Kardell /News Tribune.

The Cole County Commission has indicated it is willing to work to alleviate concerns from some parents about children walking safely to and from Pioneer Trail Elementary School in Apache Flats.

County Engineer Eric Landwehr said during Tuesday's commission meeting that residents of the homes north of the school on Paradigm Drive had concerns about children crossing Pioneer Trail Drive during the peak time before school, around 8 a.m., and the peak time after school, around 3 p.m.

Pioneer Trail is the biggest elementary school in the Jefferson City Public School District with 550 students.

The district came to the county Public Works Department looking for options. Among those options was a mid-block crossing in front of the school, which would require some work to be done on the north side of the road, but due to a lack of funding, that couldn't be done right a way.

In the interim, Landwehr said a good solution could be a crossing at Paradigm and Pioneer Trail drives, which would connect to school property. They are looking at possible grant funding from the Missouri Department of Transportation to put in a crosswalk until they can get something more permanent.

There was no word on how soon it would be known if funding would be available.