County adds safety features near Briarwood, Pacific Cascade campuses
September 2, 2010
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 1:30 p.m. Sept. 2, 2010
King County crews completed pedestrian-safety projects near Briarwood Elementary School and Pacific Cascade Middle School in time for students to return to campus.
The county Road Services Division installed electronic speed limit signs along 168th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 314th Street near Briarwood. The signs use solar power to operate.
Near Pacific Cascade, the Road Services Division added curb, gutter and sidewalk to Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road, plus electronic speed limit signs.
Classes started Tuesday in the Issaquah School District.
“Our department works with more than 15 districts that have schools in unincorporated areas of the county to keep students safe as they walk or bike to school,” Road Services Division Manager Linda Dougherty said in a news release. “It’s a healthy habit for students, and it helps reduce traffic congestion around the schools.”
Dougherty said the Road Division works with school district transportation officials and school principals to make walking routes safer in unincorporated King County.
The division has focused on paving road shoulders and adding curbs to create walking paths alongside the roadway, adding flashing lights to remind motorists about schoolchildren, and re-striping crosswalks and other road markings near schools.
Parents and residents should call 206-296-6596 with questions or concerns about pedestrian or driver safety near schools in the unincorporated King County. Learn more about traffic safety here.