In response to safety concerns, the Clinton Police Department recommended — and the City Council has now approved — reducing the speed limit near Sunset Avenue School, erecting proper signage to enforce the new speed and extending the school zone times all day.
An intersection near the school will also be converted to a four-way stop to assist with traffic flow.
The changes follow a speed study conducted by police along Kerr Street and around Sunset Avenue School. Police Chief Jay Tilley presented his recommendations to Council, which unanimously signed off on them at its recent meeting. The impact on the budget will be minimal, less than $1,000, to make all changes.
After a citizen last month expressed some concerns about the safety around Sunset Avenue School and adjacent Kerr Street, Mayor Lew Starling requested police assess the situation.
“We conducted a speed survey using our new radar trailer,” Tilley noted. “We got some great data and there were three observations that we made during the speed survey that I think were important.”
First, he said, there was insufficient signage that prevented officers from enforcing the speed limit, which was not correctly posted. Additionally, the yards extending down Kerr Street were “uneven and very difficult for pedestrians to navigate,” Tilley said. “With two vehicles going down at the same time with pedestrian traffic, it made it an unsafe situation.”
The third observation made by police was that Sunset Avenue students are “out in the roadway all day long” crossing Kerr Street due to the school’s playground being adjacent to the school.
“Looking at the factors of traffic, volume and speeds,” the police chief pointed out, “we came up with five recommendations.”
Those recommendations were to:
• Change the posted speed limit on Kerr Street to 25 mph, similar to what was previously done on Stetson Street;
• Make the intersection of Kerr and Herring streets a four-way stop, allowing for a traffic break similar to what was done on Stewart Avenue;
• Place new signs with the proper language to allow enforcement of speed;
• Extend times of school zone all day long; and
• Put additional signage in the school zone where the children cross the street, to give motorists a better warning.
Council approved the recommendations.
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