New student drop-off, pickup sites for 2 schools

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 - 7:41 am

New student drop-off and pickup sites have been designated for Franklin High School and Toby Johnson Middle School in Elk Grove in an effort to relieve traffic congestion on nearby residential streets.

Traffic congestion is affecting area residents and raising concerns for children walking and riding to and from school, according to a news release from Elk Grove police and school officials.

In response, the Police Department has partnered with the Elk Grove Unified School District and Cosumnes Community Services District in a bid to alleviate the problem.

Officials recommend that parents using the Sorrentino and Mosaic neighborhoods to drop off children consider using the parking lots at Bartholomew Park near Whitelock Parkway and Franklin High Road, or the parking lot at Morse Park.

Both off-site parking areas have larger roadways designed to handle greater traffic flow than the surrounding residential streets, officials said.

New signs will be installed in the surrounding neighborhoods indicating "no stopping" during school drop-off and pickup hours, 7:30 to 9 a.m., and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., respectively.

A 30-day transition period began Monday. After the transition period, officers will actively enforce the restrictions.

Various other measures are being analyzed and will be implemented as needed.

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