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City Agrees Crosswalk Needed Near High School

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By Jay Michaels

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) A Twin Falls woman who lives and works across the street from Magic Valley High School noticed that Second Avenue North needed a crosswalk so students could cross the street safely. The good news is this story has a happy ending for everybody involved in it.

Heidi Heil's business is right across Second Avenue North from Magic Valley High. From her office on the second floor, she's been watching students trying to cross the street and drivers slowing down to avoid the pedestrians.

Heil says, "I always wondered why there was no crosswalk here with the school right across the street. That made no sense to me. One the other one-way a block away from the school, there is a crosswalk."

The school zone for Lincoln Elementary School starts just half a block later. Heil contacted first the Idaho Transportation Department, and more recently the Twin Falls Traffic Safety Commission. The Commission recommended to the Twin Falls City Council that a new crosswalk be painted here.

Twin Falls City Engineer Jackie Fields says, "We'll do that work when we believe that the paint will stick. So we need the conditions to be perhaps a little bit warmer, but significantly drier."

Fields says that Heil's suggestions to expand the school zone to include the crosswalk and reduce the speed limit here, along with addressing the congested parking problem that limits the distance people can see, will have to wait for some additional study. But as soon as the pavement's dry enough, the city will paint a new crosswalk here.

Heil says, "I think it's very important that it gets done. I'm glad to see that they're taking notice, that it is an issue and a concern, and they're going to do something about it. I appreciate that."

Heil says the students, teachers, and principal at Magic Valley High School have been very supportive of her efforts to get a crosswalk put in at this location.

Jan. 11, 2013.


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