Barriers keep school kids safe

Concrete barriers have been installed to settle a traffic safety issue in Armstrong

  • Nov. 29, 2015 10:00 a.m.

Concrete barriers have been installed to settle a traffic safety issue in Armstrong.

In 2014, Armstrong Elementary School brought to the city’s attention an existing gravel strip area adjacent Pleasant Valley Road that was being utilized by parents and the community for parking before, during and after school drop-off times.

“The kids were walking around the vehicles and into the traffic,” said Brandy Weeks, past-president of the school’s Parent Advisory Council (PAC). “It became a real safety concern.”

After discussing the matter with North Okanagan Shuswap school district staff, the city posted No Parking signs along the strip and didn’t plow it during winter to deter people from using it.

The city also encouraged the PAC to work with the school’s principal, school board trustees and educate the parents and develop an on-site parking plan that would allow safe drop-off zones.

All to no avail.

“Recent correspondence received confirms their efforts to educate parents has failed and the area continues to be utilized,” said city public works manager Tim Perepolkin.

The school district advised the city they don’t have the funds at this time to build on-site improvements, but they did supply and install concrete barriers along the entire area to rectify the ongoing safety issues.

“It is working,” said Weeks of the barriers improving the traffic situation. “It’s not the best-case scenario but it is working.”

City council and staff approved of the school district’s installation of the barriers.