City upgrades school zone safety at Mark Twain Elementary

From staff reports:

The city announced that recent improvements at the Mark Twain Elementary school zone “have made a significant difference in safety.”

The school is located at 2450 S. Star Lake Road.

The Public Works Department recently upgraded the old school zone to contemporary standards, including a solar-powered school zone flasher, a paved walkway at the school’s entrance, as well as additional ramps for safety.

Cary Roe, public works director, said these projects were made possible by the Safe Routes to School grant program.

“It’s critical to keep improving pedestrian safety for our young people. However, retrofitting older streets and schools is often quite expensive,” Roe said in a press release.

The Mark Twain project was completed thanks to a $386,000 grant from the Safe Routes to School program. The Federal Way Police Department reported that “there has been a drop in vehicle speeds through the school zone and yielding behavior at crosswalks has improved.”

The city’s next Safe Routes to School project is for Lakota Middle School, which is expected to begin this summer.


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