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North Glenmore school traffic concerns being addressed

It will be summer before measures to mitigate the danger surrounding North Glenmore Elementary School start to be implemented, but it appears a solution is on the way.

Last month the City of Kelowna and Central Okanagan School District began meetings with the school and came up with a list of solutions to try and protect both the school’s students and surrounding neighbours from a new road network which has proven hazardous.

“I’m definitely happy that things are proceeding forward,” said principal Maeve Buckley.

Earlier this year Buckley told the Capital News the elementary school had been struggling with the road configuration brought on by the Glenmore Bypass.

From the intersection where students cross Snowsell Road at Union Road, to the limited drop-off space for parents, it seemed her staff were on constant alert to try and prevent a horrible accident.

Two people—a high school student and a teacher—had already been hit and Buckley was very concerned one of the school’s young pupils could be next.

The list of fixes is fairly extensive and includes the city establishing a landing and walkway on the southeast corner of Snowsell and Union roads and a traffic bulb to slow down traffic coming out of Wilden.

The municipality is also looking at adding a protected left turn signal for vehicles heading south on Snowsell Road which would include a delay to ensure pedestrians are out of the crosswalk.

For its part, the school district is looking at creating a larger landing on the north-east corner of Snowsell and Union roads and will try to resolve the pick-up and drop-off traffic backup by either reconfiguring the existing bus loop to create a shared parent drop-off or creating a new bus drop-off and pick-up on Snowsell Road.

jsmith@kelownacapnews.com

 

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