School district joins city in writing to ODOT
Molalla River School District recently joined the many in Molalla who have written letters to the Oregon Department of Transportation to advocate for a stoplight at Highway 211 and Leroy Avenue.
Superintendent Tony Mann presented a draft letter to the school board and asked the members of the board to approve sending it to ODOT. The board members approved the letter unanimously.
"The draft letter that I've presented here…was based on consultation and gathering information with our City Manager Dan Huff and our Public Works Director Gerald Fisher," Mann said, "and in particular in a recent conversation with Gerald Fisher, walking through the concerns that we share together with the city and every member of our community regarding safety of our students. Particularly, at this intersection in front of the apartments on 211 is a great concern."
The district's decision to write a letter comes just after a student was struck on Highway 211 near Stoneplace Apartments while legally crossing a crosswalk with flashing lights.
Further, a new retail development, the Cascade Center, is slated to go in near the apartments, potentially heightening the need for traffic signaling on this part of the highway.
Board member Jennifer Satter pointed out that with the development, Leroy Avenue will continue through Highway 211 into Cascade Center, creating a four-way intersection. She said that while the developer wants to put a traffic signal at the intersection, ODOT will not approve it.
So the district joins the city council and many residents in a letter-writing campaign advocating for the stoplight.
Specifically, the district's letter asks for school zone speed limits during the hours of 7-9 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. (amended slightly compared to the draft letter) on weekdays on Highway 211 between South Ona Way and Ridings Avenue. It also asks for the installation of a four-way stoplight with crosswalk signals at Highway 211 and Leroy Avenue.
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