Anyone who tries to drive or walk down Nebraska Street either in the morning or in the after-school hours will find that there is a need for traffic control interventions in the area around New Roads School. The mixture of industrial/commercial uses with 300-plus students is a recipe for traffic tragedy. Why is the city waiting until a student is badly hurt or killed before a crosswalk is installed?
I invite the city traffic engineer to get in the New Roads pickup line at 3 p.m. on a Wednesday to see how dangerous the situation can be. The line is also dangerous at 7:50 a.m. when the city‚Äôs trash trucks block the street, and students who are trying to avoid being late for class make a run for it.
A crosswalk is an inexpensive way to raise the awareness of drivers, channel student foot traffic, and avoid tragedy. The city of Santa Monica should install crosswalks on Nebraska Street immediately.