Parking congestion an issue at A.W. Neill

Students at A.W. Neil Elementary School are being educated on safety measures to use when walking to and from school.

Students at A.W. Neil Elementary School are being educated on safety measures to use when walking to and from school, says superintendent of schools Greg Smyth.

Smyth on Tuesday told school trustees that recent traffic congestion issues in and around A.W. Neil have prompted teachers to have conversations with kids about how to be safe when walking around the school.

Vehicle congestion has become more prominent with the addition of a parking lot on Short Street behind the school this year.

Smyth said some people are preferring not to use this access into the school and are instead parking on Compton Road in front of the school.

“The principal at Neill will be working with parents to  remind them that they can do their kids a huge service by being more mindful of the traffic in and around the school,” Smyth said.

Detours have been suggested by the school but Smyth said only about one in 10 people are using the alternate routes to avoid the congestion.

Smyth said other than a few long traffic backups along Beaver Creek Road and Compton there haven’t been any significant issues due to the recent congestion.

No additional traffic monitoring or flaggers have been warranted.

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