Hoover Elementary traffic up for discussion at school board meeting
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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) - The Sioux City Community School District is moving forward with a plan to build a new elementary school off Hamilton Boulevard.
Monday night, the board agreed to bid out the project, including a second exit that's been at the center of controversy over the last several months.
The school district's engineers say their traffic study shows a second egress isn't necessary, but folks living in the Country Club neighborhood are pushing for it to ease congestion.
Country Club Neighborhood Resident Joel Longtin said, "For an 80-100 year investment, and to rely upon an eight page study that says 20 cars an hour will come down this at the peak hours in the afternoon and in the morning is just not accurate.":15
Sioux City School Board Member Walt Johnson said "For 15-years we've used this organization, this traffic engineering company without a problem, and for us at this point, I think to question, or for us not to accept their results, I think is going to open up a can of worms."
Several school board members said that they don't believe a second exit is necessary saying the amount of time it would save would be negligible.They would rather save the 130-thousand dollars. But, School Board President Mike Krysl sided with residents.
Krysl said "I know what I know, living in that neighborhood, and having lived in that neighborhood for years. There's no way that I can buy and swallow that we're talking about plus or minus 30 seconds or 50 seconds."
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