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Traffic-calming devices to be installed at River Trails Elementary School

Posted July 3, 2017

Students returning to River Trails Elementary this fall will have a safer walk to school.

City of Fort Worth Transportation & Public Works crews are finalizing plans to install eight dynamic signs, which will help slow traffic while flashing the speed of vehicles as they approach.

“Children have been struck by motorists who failed to obey the required speed limit in the school zone,” Councilmember Gyna Bivens said. “Thanks to Bob Horton, we were made aware that there had was a need for traffic calming at this HEB ISD school for years.”

Horton, immediate past president of the Randol Mill Valley Alliance, recently urged city council members act on the need for traffic calming around the school.

Sam Werschky, assistant director of Transportation & Public Works, has directed city crews to have the new devices in place before the school year begins. “Installing these dynamic signs will dramatically improve safety conditions as the children walk from their homes to the school, as well as those being dropped off,” Werschky said. “There is nothing more important than focusing on the safety of our children.”

The location will have standard school zone flashing beacons, along with driver speed feedback signs on the same pole. The flashing beacons will operate on school days during school arrival and departure times, while the driver speed feedback signs will operate 24 hours a day, every day.

The school, at 8850 Elbe Trail, is in Council District 5.

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