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Northwest Residents Want City to Improve School Walking Route
CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/FOX 28)-- On the corner of Wiley and M Avenue, students walk single file to Jackson Elementary School.
And every day residents like Carlos Cortez watch closely in fear.
Nothing has happened, but its going to, Cortez said who lives near Wiley Boulevard.
He says the three-foot-wide white line painted by the city and designated as a walkway, doesnt give students enough room to safely walk to school.
Its too dangerous, Cortez said. You got kindergarteners walking on the street.
Theres also two-way traffic he and other residents say flies down Wiley Boulevard.
People dont stop, said resident June Beer. They see the 25 mile an hour speed zone, and they just barrel right on through it.
The school district has also expressed concern saying that the parent committee that walks students to and from school has asked the city to add sidewalks.
We need a flashing light like they have everywhere else saying kids are coming, Cortez said.
The city says they are working on a plan to add sidewalks along the route.
The list is long, and this is certainly one of them that is on the list for application, said Tom Peterson, city traffic engineer.
But a lack of funding from the state is making it hard to get it done.
Were trying to do the best we can to find funding whether through the state, Peterson said. But, we are well aware of it.
But for residents like Carlos, the answer is simple.
I just want a safe crossing, Cortez said. Thats all I want.