Plans unveiled for dangerous entrance to Arnold school

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by Russell Kinsaul / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on November 13, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 7:20 PM

 (KMOV) –The Missouri Department of Transportation has released its proposal for improvements to the dangerous entrance at Ridgewood Middle School near Arnold.

The school sits off Highway 141 in Jefferson County and parents and buses have to cross several lanes of heavy, fast traffic to get in or out. Officials with the Fox School District have complained about the dangerous conditions and asked for a stoplight for years, but after a fatal accident in September, support for improvements came to a head.

Eighth-grader, Alexis Kerr said of the accident, “Most people were saying there’s a possible chance it could happen again but I said no, I won’t let it happen again and I want to make a difference for this, so I decided to send an email to the mayor of Arnold.”

Her email was forwarded to MoDOT and after some discussions; MoDOT came up with a plan to improve safety at the school entrance. 

The plan includes eliminating left turns out of the school. It also would add an acceleration lane for traffic turning right to get up to speed and safely merge with other traffic and it would add a U-turn lane farther south on Highway 141 so that traffic can safely make the turn to go in the other direction.

A public meeting will be held at Ridgewood Middle School, starting at 6:30pm on November 25 to explain the proposal to the public.

Here’s a link to read more about the proposed safety improvements.

Fox school officials encourage parents to go to the website and post comments in support of the improvements. MoDOT hasn’t found a way to pay for the $800,000 in improvements but said the more support from the community, the higher priority the project will become and the better chance that it will get funded.

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