Neighbors concerned about middle school traffic

Sunday Times Newspapers

WYANDOTTE – Nearby residents are concerned that accidents may have occurred because of the heavy traffic at Wilson Middle School, especially about 7:30 a.m. on school days.

Jayne Alfano, a homeowner who live at Baumey and 13th streets, says the traffic affects the entire neighborhood and asked that the Police Department conduct a traffic study in October.

“If this situation is allowed to continue, my concern is that there will be a car or pedestrian accident,” Alfano said in a letter addressed to the council dated Jan. 26. The school’s handbook, posted on its Web site, tells parents not to stop in the middle of the street to drop off or pick up students. The site also advises pulling over to let students enter and exit vehicles.

The handbook states that students may be dropped off or picked up in front of the school, in the parking lot or on a different street within walking distance. It also urges parents to avoid blocking traffic at all, warning that many drivers have been ticketed for “obstructing traffic” —even for a few seconds.

Another neighbor, Clifford Miller, who lives in the 1500 block of Goddard, spoke at the Jan. 25 council meeting. He had written members a letter noting that the alley behind his house near Wilson is being used as a roadway to avoid the stop sign at 15th and Goddard.

“This is very dangerous and destructive to our property adjacent to our alley,” Miller said.

Mayor Joseph Peterson said he would ask police to look into it and report back at tomorrow’s meeting.

“The gridlock is amazing,” Miller said. “It’s backed up to Goddard.”