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Teach children about school zone safety

Sabrina HarrisPost IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

As our children head back to school, parents need to remind their children of the importance of safety around school zones as they travel to and from school, whether your child will be riding the bus, biking, walking to school or a combination of all.The start and end of each school day are the busiest times around school zones. Families need to discuss school zone safety with their children. Here are a few safety suggestions for parents. Walking to school: Children in grades kindergarten through third grade should be assisted by their parents to school. Do not allow them to cross the street alone. Cross streets at corners only, using traffic signals and crosswalks when available. Look for traffic before crossing the street. Wear reflective material, it makes you more visible to street traffic. Prohibit children from playing around or pushing friends while waiting to cross. Riding the bus: Always be on time to catch the bus. Never run to or from a bus. Wait at the designated stop in a safe place well away from the street. Make sure the bus driver can see you as he stops to pick you up. If something falls under or near the school bus, tell the driver. Never try to pick it up yourself. Always use the handrail to enter and exit the bus. Once seated inside the bus, keep your head and arms inside and do not throw anything outside the windows. Always follow the driver’s instructions and be familiar with rules for emergencies.Riding a bike: Remember to make sure the bike is in good working condition, and always wear a helmet. A bike helmet can reduce injuries up to 85 percent. Make sure the helmet is brightly colored and fits properly. Always ride on the right side of the road and obey all other traffic rules. When crossing the street, watch out for oncoming traffic and walk your bike across the crosswalk.Practice these safety suggestions with your children and make this school year a safe one.

Midland Avenue will be closed to through traffic at 27th Street until Sunday, Aug. 30. Crews will be tying in the north leg of the roundabout at 27th Street and Midland Avenue at this time. Midland Avenue will be open south at 27th Street utilizing the existing bypass road. For more information please contact the city of Glenwood Engineering Department at 384-6435.The city of Glenwood Springs and Martinez Western Constructors would like to inform the public that the reconstruction of Donegan Road Phase 3 started Aug. 20 and is expected to be substantially complete by Dec. 1. This phase will be similar to the last with the roadway being widened and new sidewalk and retaining walls being constructed. Travel on Donegan for vehicles and pedestrians will be restricted at times. Local residents within the construction zone will receive postings on their residences when conditions change or special instructions are appropriate. There will be no through traffic between Fairview Drive and Sunny Acres Road during this phase of reconstruction. The closure of Donegan that preceded this work was the relocating and underground installation of the electric, phone and cable TV that serves the area.The city of Glenwood Springs and Martinez Western Constructors would like to thank you in advance for your patience during this phase. Should you have any questions or concerns you may contact the city of Glenwood Springs at 384-6435.The intersection of West Meadows and Midland Avenue will be one way only for vehicles going south on West Meadows from Midland Avenue. Repairs are being made to the roadway and sidewalks in the area with work continuing through Thursday, Aug. 27. Detour signs will direct you to alternate routes back to Midland Avenue.The city of Glenwood Springs and Gould Construction will be making repairs to the pedestrian crossing in Midland Avenue at the intersection of West 10th Avenue Aug. 24-30. Because the repairs are concrete it will require Midland Avenue to be closed from West 13th Avenue to West 10th Avenue. Traffic will be rerouted onto Riverview Drive with reduced speed limits. There will be westside curbside parking only. As a reminder during this time Midland Avenue is closed to through traffic from 27th Street to West Eighth Street for the roundabout project. We appreciate your patience with the process. Should you have any questions or concerns call the city of Glenwood Springs at 384-6435.Sabrina Harris is transportation manager for the city of Glenwood Springs.

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