Thursday, December 30, 2010

Police Making Preparations For New School

The Cookeville police department has already begun making preparations to ensure traffic safety at the new Prescott South elementary and middle schools, which open next Tuesday.  Officials say a new road has been constructed for access to the new school. It is an extension of West Cemetery Road which was extended from Bunker Hill Road to South Jefferson Avenue running in front of the Elementary side of Prescott South. This is a three lane roadway that will help accommodate the traffic flow to and from the school. The normal speed limit on this stretch of West Cemetery Road will be 25 mph. However, a 15 mph school zone will be in effect in the school area during the times of 7:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. which will be designated by signage on West Cemetery Road. A traffic signal has been installed at the intersection of West Cemetery Road and South Jefferson to facilitate traffic flow.  Meanwhile, South Jefferson Avenue has also been widened to three lanes giving a middle turn lane for motorists to utilize when making left turns. A right turn lane has been constructed for south bound traffic to turn right into the entrance for the Middle School from South Jefferson Avenue. The normal speed limit on South Jefferson is now 35 mph in the area of the school. New speed limit signs have been erected to reflect the new speed limit. However, within this area, there will be a 15 mph school zone in effect during the times of 7:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. which will be designated by temporary signage. New flashing yellow signs have been ordered for South Jefferson Avenue but are not here yet. There will be temporary signage indicating the 15 mph zone on South Jefferson until the new flashing yellow lights are installed. They are expected to be in and installed sometime during the first week that school is back in session. Cookeville Police Officers will be monitoring the school zones and the traffic flow to and from the school as well as in the area of the school. They say traffic will probably be congested at first until everyone gets use to the layout of the school and traffic patterns and routes to be taken, so they are asking drivers to observe the posted speed limits and watch for children walking, or riding bicycles to and from school.