Parents call for stop light near elementary school

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — Children shouldn’t have to risk their lives just to get to school in the morning, but parents say that’s exactly what’s happening at an elementary school in Georgetown.

This family isn’t late to school, they’re running to dodge traffic, stopping in the middle of Westinghouse Rd. to get to Carver Elementary, on the other side.

“In the morning school hours and the afternoon school pickup, it just gets crazy.”

Chris Schertler says he sees parents and their kids dodging cars every morning on their way to Carver.

“There’s not even a sign here that says, ‘slow down: school,'” says Chris.

Besides four lanes of traffic kids have to cross, the school is on a hill, so they can’t always see cars coming and cars can’t always see them.

The Georgetown Independent School District recognized the safety issues on Westinghouse Rd. early on, but instead of advocating for a traffic light or cross walk, the district decided to allow students who live within a block from school to take the school bus.

“That’s the safest way for students to get to school, is to take the free school bus that’s available to them because (the school district) don’t want to encourage people to cross Westinghouse Rd,” says Connie Watson, public affairs manager for Williamson County.

After receiving several complaints since the beginning of the school year, engineers with Williamson county looked at traffic patterns, to see if a stop light was needed. They say not right now, but they’re open to doing a future review.

Chris says it’s necessary. “It’s just a question of if they do it in a month from now or a year from now.”

The developer of the neighborhood that houses Carver Elementary says an initial traffic analysis found a light was unnecessary, but the developer does have money set aside for improvements to Westinghouse Road, if approved by the city.

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