PITTSBURG — Pittsburg USD 250 Superintendent Destry Brown reported on a meeting he had with the City of Pittsburg and the Kansas Department of Transportation during the district board meeting on Monday.
At the meeting with the city and KDOT they discussed potential options for road safety at crosswalk and congestion down Fourth Street and Free King Highway caused by everyone entering and leaving from the one way street in front of Pittsburg High School.
In September, a student was hit by a car on Fourth Street and a new crosswalk light was installed, which was provided by the city. The school’s website states the light was on order before the incident.
Brown said one of the solutions was to make the area a school zone which would drop the speed limit to 20 — this in return could cause another congestion issue, Brown said.
“The problem becomes, will we be able to get buses out out of the driveway if we slow traffic down because it will bunch everybody up?” he said. “Then we started to talk about how we can solve that problem and we discussed about adding another driveway that can go directly into the parking lot and bring the buses around back and to the front [of the building] and have a drop of driveway only and a parking driveway for the parking.”
Another solution they discussed was to put a stop light at Free King Highway and Fourth Street.
Brown said in order to be eligible for a stop light, the area must meet certain state requirements.
Brown said they currently do not meet the standards, but may if they change where the buses move from.
“If we move the buses … they think we will be able to meet one [of the standards] or allow us to get the stop light,” Brown said. “We can’t move the buses and take them out to Free King if we don’t have a stoplight to help move that traffic, so I think the city and state and school district left in agreement in going to present to the Secretary of Transportation and we will see what happens.
“At this time, there is nothing committed to by anyone.”
The possible solutions must be approved by the the Kansas Secretary of Transportation.
Brown said he and the board should hear something back by the end of December.
“We should hear something back by Christmas,” Brown said to the board. “As far as whether anything was approved and what might be approved, that was a result of our discussion the other day — a lot is up in the air.”
Brown said the district will likely help bear the cost of the stoplight if approved.
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.