Parents in Jefferson County concerned over dangerous intersection near school

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by Elizabeth Eisele/ KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on November 24, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 7:56 PM

(KMOV.com) -- A deadly intersection in Jefferson County has parents in the Fox C-6 School District worried it may be putting middle school students at risk and parents are taking their complaint to the state.

The intersection is just outside Arnold city limits near Ridgewood Middle School off Highway 141.

Fox District Officials are also on board with fixing the intersection, but said funding could get in the way.

“It’s frustrating, because of the financial limitations of the school district and MoDOT,” said Fox School Board Member Dan Kroupa.

Kroupa said the current state plan is to eliminate left turns coming out of Ridgewood Middle School, but Kroupa said he believes it will be hard for the district to meet the $800,000 price tag to make the plan happen.

“If some money could be moved around in the hierarchy of MoDOT projects and a little bit moved to this project for the safety of the children,” Kroupa said, “I think it’d be very good.”

Kroupa said cars and school buses are often forced to sit in the median as they wait for a clearing to make a left turn.

“Sometimes something horrible has to happen,” said parent Nicky McClain, “before change can take place and that’s unfortunate.”

But McClain said an accident has already happened. She said in September a woman died in a wreck right outside the school which prompted McClain to create a Facebook page to raise awareness.

Parents will have the chance to meet with Missouri officials Monday to discuss possible changes. The meeting with be held at Ridgewood Middle School at 6:30 p.m.

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