With the children safety in mind, Canfield Village Middle School created a new drop-off and pickup circle off Edwards Avenue using permanent improvement funds. A great solution for the kids has turned into a traffic snafu for the school's parents and neighbors.
The CVMS staff first talked about the project because they were concerned about the safety of their students walking across Wadsworth Street while parents and buses were coming and going. Traffic congestion every day was also a concern.
The new circle is designed so that students don't have to cross any streets to exit and enter their vehicle. Parents pull through the circle up to the sidewalk where their child is waiting and then pull out of the circle.
The new flow has also helped families of kids with special needs, who are the only ones to use front entrance of the school.
But the new design has definitely caused some traffic tie-ups on Edwards Avenue.
"Our superintendent got in his car and pulled in on Edwards Avenue," said Rich Archer, Canfield schools business manager. "It took him about 10 minutes to complete the loop and move to the exit of the circle. Do I think we have a very safe solution for the kids right now? Yes, both morning and afternoon. I feel we developed a safe situation for the children. Has it caused some other issues as far as traffic and concerns? Yes it has, but the safety of children is much, much better."
The school is working closely with the police chief and other safety forces to come up with a solution to the traffic problem, but for now the children's safety is number one.
"Safety for our kids was our goal and we have accomplished that. But we've created some issues traffic-wise back on Edwards that will need to be addressed," said Archer.