Missing bridge forces Eanes ISD students to cross busy road

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Many students will be heading back to school by the end of the month. But parents in one community are worried how their children will be a able to cross a very busy roadway.

Two pedestrian bridges in the Bee Cave woods area were washed out during the Halloween floods.

One foot bridge that used to be under Walsh Tarlton Lane allowed students attending Cedar Creek Elementary School and Hill Country Middle School to safely cross to class. The bridge was removed this summer without any warning.

The City of Austin removed the pedestrian bridge in July because it was too dangerous. Leaving the intersection of Walsh Tarlton Lane and Pinnacle Road as the sole option to cross Walsh Tarlton Lane. This raises concerns for parents.

“They have to walk on the top of the bridge, and then cross at the cross walk. Traffic is pretty heavy here. So, we were kind of hoping we could get the bridge back that used to exist underneath,” said Mark Hoffman.

Rollingwood Police led a safety initiative called ‘Slow Down for me’ to encourage drivers to slow down and not talk on the phone in school zones.  At this time parents are worried because the bridge will not be replaced before the school year starts.

Eanes ISD is working on a resolution to this issue. They realize that this is a big safety issue for many of its students. They met with the City of Austin today to request more crossing guards at the intersection.

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