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School proposes changing traffic flow around Washington Elementary

This map shows the proposed changes to traffic flow around Washington Elementary School. It has vehicles entering the school from D Street and then Jackson Avenue instead of Madison Avenue like they previously did. The map shows that Madison Avenue will be reserved for buses. (Map courtesy of city of Fairfield)
This map shows the proposed changes to traffic flow around Washington Elementary School. It has vehicles entering the school from D Street and then Jackson Avenue instead of Madison Avenue like they previously did. The map shows that Madison Avenue will be reserved for buses. (Map courtesy of city of Fairfield)

FAIRFIELD – Washington Elementary School in Fairfield has asked the city to alter road signs around the school because it wishes to change traffic patterns for pick-up and drop-off.

Under the current setup, vehicles enter the school from Madison Avenue and turn south on E Street before picking up students on the east side of the school. The school wants to change that so vehicles enter the school off D Street onto Jackson and then north on E Street. Instead of going one way like before, the vehicles would go in a loop. Access from Madison Avenue would be restricted, blocked by barricades.

Madison Avenue will be used exclusively by buses, which like the other vehicles, will make a loop of their own through a buses-only parking lot on the north side of the school. To make this change, the district needs permission from the city to change one-way streets now posted on E Street and Jackson.

The council approved the first reading of the ordinance to change the street signs at its meeting Monday. Its public safety committee will meet with the school district in the next few weeks to review any concerns the school or city still has. The public is invited to comment on the matter, too, before the final reading of the ordinance.