School Building Committee Presented with Traffic and Enrollment Projections for Elementary Schools

Town Hall – he Watertown School Building Committee met on Wednesday, August 9 to discuss two main topics. The two talking points revolved around the traffic plans for the three elementary schools and enrollment projections.

Amy Archer of Pare Corporation presented traffic studies in regards to the Hosmer, Cunniff, and Lowell elementary schools. They observed traffic patterns surrounding the schools for two days in August during the peak activity hours. Once the data was collected recommendations were given for the three schools.

For the Cunniff school, Archer recommends using a loop for parents to drop off students so as to reduce u-turn habits. Next she asked for the “no parking” signs to be changed to “no parking, drop off only” in the Lowell parking lots. She also suggests adding striped a intersection behind the school at the four street intersection could improve safety for students. There were many recommendations for traffic changes around the Hosmer School. A two-lane approach and striped crosswalk would be created from Boylston Street to Mt. Auburn Street. The speed limit around the school is higher than the school zone, so it was also asked to increase speed enforcement.

In the second part of the meeting Scott Dunlap of Ai3 Architects provided enrollment projections for all three schools. This is directly related to the master plans he provided to the board over the past couple of weeks.

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Produced by Sam Dudley, Community Production Coordinator
August 30, 2018

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