Project Prep

Rachael Keating/Clinton HeraldWhittier Elementary School crossing guard Clyde Ferguson helps students cross Second Avenue South and South 13th Street on Monday after school. In a recent city report, it was announced that sidewalk and traffic improvements will be taking place with full signalization to maximize pedestrian safety, according to City Engineer Jason Craft.

Rachael Keating 2018

CLINTON — Various safety improvements are coming to one of Clinton’s elementary school properties.

Clinton school and city officials are preparing for a project at Whittier Elementary School, 1310 Second Ave. South, involving traffic signal improvements and sidewalk reconstruction around the school, affecting roadways such as Second Avenue South, Second Avenue South, North 13th Street and Myra Place.

The project, known officially as the “North 13th Street School Zone Safety Improvement Project,” is expected to be approved by the Clinton City Council tonight, according to recent city staff reports.

“This will include full signalization of the intersection to maximize pedestrian safety, along with full sidewalk reconstruction which will accommodate disabled users,” Clinton City Engineer Jason Craft said in the reports. “Removal of the flashing light at 13th Street and Second Avenue North, installation of flashing beacons and a new crosswalks near the main student entrance of the school, and sidewalk and ADA improvements at intersections, alleys, and driveways between Second Avenue South and Second Avenue North will also be accomplished as part of this project, which will enhance the overall safety of the students walking to school from each direction.”

According to Craft, construction and other work surrounding the project won’t officially commence until Whittier students are dismissed for the school year.

“The project will be designed yet this week, so that it can be scheduled for council approval on March 13th, and can be constructed over summer break,” Craft stated in the report for the week of March 4.

A pending resolution awaiting the City Council at tonight’s meeting states the work is to be substantially completed “on or before Aug. 15, 2018.” Upon its potential forwarding, a public hearing would be scheduled for the April 10 council meeting “for the purpose of ... drafting plans, specifications, form of contract, and estimate of cost for said improvement.”

Sealed bids for the project soon will be reviewed by officials close to the project.

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