Elbow Creek Elementary School To Have A School Zone On Nichols Road 10/15/13
October 15th, 2013
Howard County Commissioners approved a school zones for Elbow Creek Elementary School on Nichols Road.
The oil boom has led to more traffic, traveling at high speeds, on the narrow county roads around the school.
"Faster than we would like it around a school," said Elbow Creek Elementary Principal Randy Gartman.
He says there hasnít been a wreck by the school involving students, but traffic is an issue because the school is in a remote location.
"Theyíre just not aware that there's a school here if they arenít familiar with the roads," he said.
There is a stop sign on the intersection of FM 818 and Nichols, which slows down traffic. However, the speed limit is 55 miles per hour just feet from the school.
"Once you approach Elbow Creek Elementary School we're going to be putting up a 20 mile an hour school speed limit sign," said Brian Klinksiek, Howard County Roads Engineer.
FM 818 does have a school zone speed limit, which Gartman says slows down traffic on one side of the school and having school zones on both sides will keep kids safe.
"It helps me not worry quite so much about the kids coming and going from school," he said.
Klinksiek says the school zones will be posted tomorrow barring inclement weather.