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The Dansville Online
  • DCS parking lot to get safety upgrade

  • It’s the second week into the new fiscal year, and the first two objectives of an 11-step Transportation Safety Study Revitalization Plan for Dansville Central School District are being implemented.

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  • It’s the second week into the new fiscal year, and the first two objectives of an 11-step Transportation Safety Study Revitalization Plan for Dansville Central School District are being implemented.
    The school district conducted an independent Transportation Safety Study in February, conducted by Syracuse-based Pupil Transportation Safety?Institute.
    The first objective is to complete the 19-A driver file reorganization, which has begun, and the second is to enhance the safety of the campus parking lot and bus loop.
    The first phase of the bus loop enhancement project is expected to be completed before the beginning of this coming school year.
    David Adams, principal architect for Horseheads-based Hunt Engineers presented plans to the Board of Education during its June 26 regular meeting.
    The first phase will include building a fence at the edge of the parking lot  facing the bus loop.
    The bus loop will be off limits to vehicular traffic during school hours. All personal vehicles will enter directly into the parking lot and drop off students in designated areas next to the fence.
    New foot crossing areas will be installed from the drop-off areas to the gymnasium, 7-12 building entrance and elementary school. New striping will help designate the crossways.
    A?crossing guard will be on hand to help elementary students who are dropped off by parents cross to the school safely.
    Asphalt sidewalks will also be installed along some of the grassy areas of the parking lot to help encourage the flow of foot traffic.
    To eliminate vehicular congestion at the entrance and exit of the parking lot, and to encourage parents to drop off students in the designated areas, the handicap parking adjacent to the front of the elementary school and small parking area adjacent to the primary school will be paved over and become part of the sidewalk.
    Long-term site plans are not yet finalized.
    The scope overall could cost between $5 million and $8 million, and would come strictly from the leftover grant funds.

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