Glenshire Elementary School traffic addressed
Residents living near Glenshire Elementary School will get traffic relief as a result of the latest agreement between the school district and the town.
John Britto, Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District director of facilities, said it is an agreement that everyone should be happy with.
Spurred by concerned parents who live near Glenshire Elementary School, the discussion of traffic safety hit its peak this winter as buses, parent vehicles and students fought for safe space along Dorchester Drive and the entrance to the school.
The agreement with the Town of Truckee includes an encroachment for a bus lane outside of the parking lot, which will free up space for additional parking.
“We (the district) feel this will do a lot toward solving the traffic problems at the school,” Britto said.
Town Engineer Jon Lander said after reviewing the planned improvements with the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, the school district and associate engineers, the plan proved viable.
“The bottom line is that many parents choose to deliver and retrieve their children with private vehicles, and at peak times traffic conditions are bad,” he said. “With the additional classrooms going in, the problem will only get worse. These improvements will help the situation.”
Some neighbors of the school said they disagree.
“I’ve watched the school get built and the problems grow and I don’t like it,” said resident Greg Staab. “Putting in more asphalt might solve the district’s problems, but it is making it worse for the people living near the school.”
Staab said he planned to ask the district for additional mitigation fees at a meeting scheduled last night between residents and the district.
Concern about property values
“Their new plan is outside of the original scope of the school’s plans,” he said. “I think they should help with the fact that our property values are going to go down.”
Staab said his house is 50 feet from where the new bus lane is proposed, and he said he seriously doubts his home will retain its value when it enters the home market.
“I was planning to sell our home this summer,” he said. “But with the construction and additional noise, it’s going to be impossible to sell, or else I’m going to have to take a beating on it.”
Staab also said with the failure of Measure B – Building Better Schools – there is the possibility of year-round schooling, and he said he fears this will affect everyone’s property values along that stretch of Dorchester.
“I’m sure the plan will go through since it has been approved by the town, but there are going to be conditions like no lights and no
idling buses. I’m ready to discuss my concerns.”
The district has scheduled installation of two additional relocatable classrooms this summer to help mitigate the overcrowding in the school. Additional traffic due to additional students was a concern to parents in the area, who watched as children dodged cars and buses attempting to get to their parents’ vehicles this winter.
Although the encroachment for the bus lane will not cost the district, overall improvements to the bus lane and parking lot will cost the district close to $100,000.
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