Safety Upgrades Slated for School Crossing in Oak Creek
(OAK CREEK, WI) Due to ongoing collaboration and communication between the County, City and School District, the pedestrian crosswalk across 13th Street at Pilgrim Parkway (across from West Middle School) will receive safety upgrades this summer.
County Supervisor Patti Logsdon, Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District Superintendent Dr. Tim Culver, School Board President Frank Carini, Oak Creek Mayor Dan Bukiewicz, and the Milwaukee County Department of Transportation (DOT) have been working together over the past several months to develop an interim plan to improve the safety of the school crossing on a busy stretch of 13th Street. The plan is interim as the County intends to rework this section in the next 3 or 4 years at which time further improvements will be part of the design. Earlier this month, due to Supervisor Logsdon's efforts, the County committed to funding the interim improvements to the crosswalk.
"The crosswalk in front of West Middle School has been a concern of Oak Creek residents for several years and I want to thank Mayor Dan Bukiewicz, the City of Oak Creek and Milwaukee County for their efforts to improve it. I could not be happier that we came together to address this issue and make the crosswalk safer for our students, parents, staff, and the community as a whole," said School Board President Frank Carini.
The upgrades include improved signage and modified road striping to improve the visibility and safety of the crosswalk.
"The City appreciates the efforts of Supervisor Logsdon and School Board President Frank Carini for their help and support in getting these extra safety upgrades at West Middle School. We actively partnered to implement a plan that is a vast improvement for the area and can be completed before the school year begins. These safety enhancements will have a positive impact on both the pedestrians and motorists near West Middle School. As Mayor and the former Alderman of the district, I can say that this has been an issue for the last several years. It was great to see the inter-government coordination in helping improve the safety of the area," Oak Creek Mayor Dan Bukiewicz said.
The School District began a special hazardous busing program in 2002 for the neighborhood east of 13th Street so students would not have to cross 13th Street to get to West Middle School.
"The measures that Milwaukee County DOT are taking to improve visibility are welcome and will help ensure the safety of children and adults. Despite the improvements, we're still recommending that the best way to ensure your kids arrive safely at school is to use the available bus service," said Superintendent Dr. Tim Culver.
Improvements to the crosswalk are scheduled to be completed before school starts in September.