Safety improvements planned for Highway 9 at Summit High
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FARMER’S KORNER – Improvements to the Highway 9 intersection in front of Summit High School are under way after a sport utility vehicle hit a student in the crosswalk March 24.
A student-safety program, highway improvements and public education are among plans decided upon at a recent meeting including people from the schools, county government and the Colorado Department of Transportation.
“The purpose of this meeting and our work together is to make sure we are doing everything necessary for student safety,” Summit School District superintendent Millie Hamner said in a press release.
Matthew Truesdell, 18, had gotten off the Summit Stage bus across the street from the high school and was walking on the crosswalk when a Dodge Durango allegedly ran a red light at 40 to 45 mph and struck him, according to a previous report.
Truesdell, of Breckenridge, was taken to St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver in serious condition and has since returned home.
The meeting held March 31 resulted in plans to improve speed-limit signs and re-align traffic signals to increase visibility approaching the intersection, and for law enforcement to provide greater presence.
Summit County government and Summit Stage are to revisit a walkability study and possibly consider relocating the bus stop, according to the press release.
Other improvements discussed include “a pedestrian tunnel under the highway, a pedestrian footbridge over the highway, a roundabout at the intersection and an internal roundabout on high school property, and elimination of the Summit Stage bus stop,” according to the press release.
In October 2007, two students were struck and injured in the same area, where Swan Mountain Road and the highway intersect.
Efforts to improve pedestrian safety in the past two years have included flashing 40 mph “school zone” signs, relocation of the crosswalk to the north side of the intersection and moving the bus stop closer to the crosswalk.
School bus transportation to the Summit Stage Transfer Station in Frisco is provided after each school day to reduce pedestrian traffic across the highway. A foot and bike path was also built between the intersection and front of the school.
People who frequently walk the intersection are encouraged to attend an open house April 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Summit High School. Representatives of the school district, Summit County government and CDOT are to be present.
Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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