City to discuss increase in sidewalk safety for Kansas City elem - KCTV5

City to discuss increase in sidewalk safety for Kansas City elementary school students

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The sidewalk used by some students walking to and from school abruptly starts and stops along the route, forcing children to walk along the road, with cars. (KCTV5) The sidewalk used by some students walking to and from school abruptly starts and stops along the route, forcing children to walk along the road, with cars. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

City officials in Kansas City are being urged by parents to address a frightening problem facing elementary students who walk to school.

The problem can be a dangerous one.

The sidewalk used by some students walking to and from school abruptly starts and stops along the route, forcing children to walk along the road, with cars.

“It’s kind of hard with all the cars coming and with the kids,” parent Aaron Brown said. “It’s kind of dangerous.”

“These aren’t very wide anyway, so when you come up to like four people, someone is going onto the road,” parent Callie Schneider said.

Deyrle Wallace, the principal at Crestview Elementary School, located at 4327 N Holmes Street, says neighbors and parents have expressed their concerns in the past and he’s grateful the city is addressing the problem.

“You can see where there is open storm water areas and heavy rain. It could pose a problem but this alleviates a lot of those issues,” Wallace said.

The new sidewalks will be compliant with the American Disabilities Act and will cost nearly $475,000. But parents say you can’t put a price on their children’s safety.

“It would help a whole lot…and a lot safer for the kids,” Brown said.

“I’m pretty excited,” Schneider said. “That’s cool, and it’ll be nicer and it’ll help with the people that walk.”

Work on the project is scheduled to begin on Wednesday.

But before the work starts, contractors will meet with parents and neighbors to answer any questions or concerns.

The meeting will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday at the Crestview Elementary School library.

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