In September the Delta Middle School Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) brought forward a concern about the traffic plan at DMS. An inadequate parent lane that went through the campus put students and parent vehicles in close proximity, raising concerns for student safety.
In addition, the entrance for the parent lane was unpaved and in constant need of maintenance due to numerous potholes and dips.
DMS staff worked with District 50 facility director John McHugh to design a better plan. By October a new plan was ready and conversations started with the City of Delta about making the intersection of 9th Street and Grand Avenue a three-way stop to help aid traffic flow and student crosswalk safety. Fencing went out to bid, and the winning bidder, Alpine Fencing, was scheduled to complete the work over holiday break. The three-way stop sign was installed over the holiday break, as well. On Jan. 3 the new plan went into affect.
Busses are routed through the campus by entering from Grand Avenue and exiting onto Bluff Street. Parent traffic uses the old paved bus lane that enters and exits on Grand Avenue.
"The new traffic plan has improved student safety and traffic flow tremendously," said Derek Carlson, principal. "We at Delta Middle School would like to thank all stakeholders involved in this project as it is a great example of a problem being solved through true cooperation."blog comments powered by Disqus