The Oregon School District will partner with the Village of Oregon on a study later this month to examine traffic volume and patterns at Oregon Middle School and Rome Corners Intermediate School.
Those plans were decided at a March 8 meeting between Oregon School District superintendent Brian Busler and business director of the Village Andy Weiland and Village administrator Mike Gracz and public works director Jeff Rau, Busler told the Observer. The hope is to find a permanent solution to pickup and dropoff problems that worsened significantly this winter with the piled-up snow and more students arriving by car.
The cost will be equally split, he wrote in an email, with both sides paying around $12,000 to traffic engineering firm Strand and Associates. The study will “assess traffic volume and routes with the goal of coming up with recommendations and suggestions for improvements for the next school year.”
Busler said the district’s last traffic study was conducted around 10 years ago at OMS, which “resulted in improvements to the traffic flow at OMS.”
“Since that time, our student population has increased, which means that traffic around schools has also increased,” Busler wrote to the Observer in an email. “The OSD is pleased to partner with the Village of Oregon on this study; we share the same goal of making sure we have the safest possible traffic flow in and out of our schools.”
The two schools have been under some scrutiny in the past two months due to increased traffic issues around their parking lots during student drop-off and pick-up times. Twice since the end of January, the Oregon Police Department has posted on its Facebook page about driving issues around the schools’ parking lots.