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Ottawa planning commission holds off on recommending school permit

Posted by wlpo on July 27, 2010

Whether it’s a new or old school, usually one thing remains the same.  Traffic is a mess at the beginning and end of the school day.

The Ottawa Planning Commission Monday night delayed accepting a conditional use permit for the new Central Intermediate School because of traffic congestion concerns.  Planning Commission member Brent Barron told elementary school officials they’ll have “one hell of congestion on McKinley Road” with a plan of having just one main entrance and exit to serve both Shepherd Middle School and the future Central Elementary.

City Planner Tami Huftel says traffic flow is also a concern of city officials.  Planning Commission members were also concerned about access to the back of the new school for emergency vehicles.

Engineer for the school district George Reagle says they’ll create three lanes in the existing road and have buses use a separate road on the west end of the property.  He admitted that “one intersection will be busy five minutes in the morning and afternoon no matter what they do”.

School officials plan to meet with the city engineer and fire chief this week and present traffic flow suggestions to the planning commission at a special meeting August 4th.  The school district wants to go out for bids on the new school later next month.

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