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    Posted: Sep 01 2017 at 1:09pm


Mark Nolt of The Kleingers Group presented a traffic study. 

The bottleneck is at the intersection of Yankee Rd and Hornet Drive.  All the AM JH & HS buses previously had exited at one time, and caused back up on inbound traffic.  Because of extensive queue lines leaving campus in the morning can take up to 10 minutes to get from the parking lot back to SR 63. Under normal conditions it takes 1.5 minutes.  For 20 minutes during the High School Arrival time SR 63 is backed up. From the Elementary, it takes about 15 minutes to exit. Still queuing lines occurring at dismissal blocking the internal intersection at the top of Hornet Drive in the morning and afternoon. 

Anticipated changes with completion of Salzman, and they expect some improvement, and alleviate flow on 63. Truck and industrial traffic is supposed to no longer use Yankee when that is completed. Left turn arrow to SR 63 from southbound Yankee Rd. will help allow more than 2 buses to leave on one light.

Possible procedural changes:
1.Opening elementary doors earlier. 
2. Send buses around the real of the building to exit the school and turn right onto Hornet Drive.  
3. Have staff to help students exit cars. 
4.Assign numbered spaces in parking lot. 

Possible construction options:
1. Reviewed additional lanes on Hornet Drive adding lanes for right and left. Place an island at the bottom of hornet drive.  $250,000 to change the lanes at the bottom of the hill.
2. Additional driveway on 63- new light- 1.2 million.
3. Additional driveway around the back of the school. $1.5 million total. 
4. Improvements to provide increased capacity at the intersection of 63 and Yankee. 

Relocation of Primary to Yankee Rd. Campus. 

Jesse Catanzaro said if you look only at the traffic side of the equation the further away we can put the building from the current internal intersection at the top of the hill- the better it would be for traffic. Charlie said so much more related to site preparation and engineering will determine location and that parking options like multiple drop off lanes 2 or 3 wide could accommodate for the peak times and that those could help overcome the current issues experienced on the Yankee Rd. campus.

Of the procedural changes Kleingers proposed, we are already on schedule to enact one of them with two others up for review.  Kleingers said the option of an additional exit onto 63 should be considered as a last resort. 

Jesse Catanzaro said we answered this question- with our volume of traffic at the HS is more than the combined Elementary and Primary.  The previous master plan draft options for expansion includes approximately 700-1000 new students. Phil said in response to discussion to optimize timing at the Elementary - Safety trumps time and that even the most efficient plan might have to be slowed to ensure that we are creating a safe environment. 

It is difficult to drop of HS students and watch for students who park and walk across. There was discussion of two or three lanes of cars dropping off.  Mrs. Combs asks why student don’t ride the bus, and the answer was that some bus routes are close to one hour long. 

Chrisy McElfresh asked about placing a roundabout on Yankee Rd. All agreed that a roundabout at the main intersection. Jesse Catanzaro asked Mark Nolt if we could put a 1000 student building on the main campus. He said you would have to look driveway and drop off queuing or at altering arrival and dismissal times. 

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Source: Facility Advisory Team Minutes 8/10/2017
In Attendance: David and Lucille Combs, Tom Birdwell, Elbert Tannreuther, Mark Nolt (Kleingers), William Brock, Phil Cagwin, Charlie Jahnigen, Jody Long, Cinda Pelfrey, Missie Osterman, Christina McElfresh, Tim Carpenter, Leslie King, Joe Ward, Jesse Catanzaro, and Holly Cahall

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Just glad to see a discussion taking place. It is a real issue at this point.
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Originally posted by Houndog Houndog wrote:

Just glad to see a discussion taking place. It is a real issue at this point.


Does that mean building a "multi-level"/ mega school (Highschool drivers mixed with lower grade pick-ups) near a major artery is NOT a good idea? Who woulda' thunk???
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Uuuh. The current school is 2 thru 12. It's been a 'multi-level' 'mega school' for many years now.
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And more high schoolers have cars and more precious pumpkins need to be picked up versus taking a bus. It's called "LONG-TERM planning"!
Got to look to the future and potential problems.
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