“Once we got the plans done,
everything sort of fell into place like it
was supposed to.”
“We’ve done temporary signals
before, and every time we do there is
a challenge,” Bunk said. “Usually there
is some sort of deadline we’re under,
but this was by far the fastest paced
project since I’ve been here.”
David Huyck, principal at Crews Lake
Middle School, applauded Trowell’s
efforts and said the new signal has
improved safety around the school.
“It was a nightmare to get across
that road before that traffic light was
there, and now it’s easy,” said Huyck,
who drives through the intersection
daily. “I was completely shocked by
how different it is. It’s made a world of
SCHOOL ZONE SAFE DRIVING TIPS
The National Safe Routes to School Program offers several tips to increase
safety in school zones.
• Slow down and obey all traffic laws and speed limits, both in school zones
and in neighborhoods surrounding the school.
• Comply with local school dropoff and pickup procedures for the safety of
all children accessing the school.
• Avoid double parking or stopping on crosswalks to let children out of
the car. Double parking will block visibility for other children and other
motorists. Visibility is further reduced during the rain and fog seasons
when condensation forms on car windows.
• Avoid loading or unloading children at locations across the street from the
school. This forces youngsters to unnecessarily cross busy streets—often
mid-block rather than at a crosswalk.
• Prepare to stop for a school bus when overhead yellow lights are flashing.
Drive with caution when you see yellow hazard warning lights are flashing
on a moving or stopped bus.
• Stop for a school bus with its red overhead lights flashing, regardless
of the direction from which the driver is approaching. Drivers must not
proceed until the school bus resumes motion and the red lights stop
flashing, or until signaled by the school bus driver to proceed.
• Watch for children walking or bicycling (both on the road and the
sidewalk) in areas near a school.
• Watch for children playing and gathering near bus stops. Watch for
children arriving late for the bus, who may dart into the street without
looking for traffic.
• Watch for children walking or biking to school when backing up (out of a
driveway or leaving a garage).
Source: National Safe Routes to School Program
Shady Hills Road near Crews
Lake Middle School is a busy
thoroughfare with a mix of
vehicles and pedestrians. The
new signal allows everyone
a chance to cross through the