Traffic safety improvements are scheduled to go into effect next week at Pittsburg High School. A four-way stop at 4th Street and Free King Highway will be activated Thursday, August 9, to help slow traffic east of the school.
This change is one of several modifications agreed upon by the City of Pittsburg, Pittsburg USD 250 School District, Crawford County and Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) to improve safety for students.
This summer, the City and KDOT implemented a school speed zone on 4th Street, reducing speeds from 40 mph to 25 mph when school is in session. School speed zone signs with flashing beacons have already been set up to help motorists acclimate to the change prior to the start of school. The City and KDOT have installed stop signs and advance warning signage at the intersection of 4th Street and Free King Highway, creating the four-way stop, which activates on Thursday.
The school district is also planning traffic flow changes at the high school. Starting this school year, all pick-up and drop-off traffic will enter through the main entrance of PHS. With the help of Crawford County, construction on a new driveway east of the school will soon be underway, which will be designated for parking only. All traffic coming from the high school will exit onto Free King Highway.
The City of Pittsburg, the school district, and KDOT are also planning for a longer-term solution to improve the safety of students. With KDOT’s help, the City hopes to acquire federal highway funds, which will go toward building a roundabout at the 4th Street and Free King Highway.
The City is asking that all motorists to stay alert to the traffic changes at the intersection and to use caution when approaching the school.
“Thanks to collaboration between @PittsburgUSD250, @PittsburgKS, and @KDOTHQ, speed will be reduced on 4th Street in front of #PittHigh starting next month. Thanks to all three groups for helping keep our kids safer.” #BestForKids pic.twitter.com/bdbMEEqBdB
— Phil Bressler (@phil_bressler) July 22, 2018