Two school zones near Sunflower Elementary were approved 5-0 by the Ottawa City Commission Wednesday morning.
The request was made to be consistent with all other 20 mile per hour school zones in Ottawa, Michael Haeffele, public works director, said. The new school zones will be located on 19th Street to 1,000 feet east of Eisenhower, and then on Eisenhower Road from 200 feet south of Falcon Way to 200 feet north of 19th Street, according to Herald archives. Eisenhower has a current speed limit of 45 miles per hour, while 19th Street is 30 miles per hour.
Commissioner Mike Skidmore asked Haeffele if the school zones would be marked with flashing lights.
“On 19th Street, the flashers are already up,” Haeffele responded. “On Eisenhower [Road], the flashers are ordered. They are scheduled to be delivered on the 25th of August.”
Commissioner Blake Jorgensen asked if the speed limit signs would be posted prior to school starting. Elementary students have a half day of school today, while the first full day for all students in the district is tomorrow.
“They’re already up on 19th Street, we should be able to get them up on Eisenhower and Falcon Way,” Haeffele said.
The 20 mph speed limit would only be effective when the yellow school zone lights were flashing, 7:15 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Monday through Friday, according to the City of Ottawa’s Facebook page.
“With any major change to traffic patterns, there will be an adjustment period, and we expect that to be the case with Sunflower Elementary School traffic,” Adam Weingartner, assistant police chief, said in an email to the Herald last week. “City of Ottawa, OPD and school staff have discussed this matter and will continue to communicate with each other once schools starts if adjustments are needed.”
The City of Ottawa posted on Facebook Wednesday for area residents to “watch for more school zone information over the next few days.”
“Remember to slow down, watch for pedestrians and obey the 20 m.p.h. school zone speed limits,” the post said.