A group of parents and community members are seeking $3,000 to $5,000 in donations to help pay for a crosswalk between Southridge High School and a Mormon seminary in Kennewick.
The SHS Pedestrian Safety Committee recently agreed to begin seeking contributions for the project on West 36th Place, which will cost an estimated $12,000 to $14,000, committee members told the Herald. Construction is expected to start after classes are out for the summer.
Traffic has become increasingly congested around the high school as the Southridge area continues to add homes and businesses.
Four students have been injured near the location of the proposed crosswalk since the seminary was built to serve Mormon students at Southridge High. There is a crosswalk about 100 feet down the street where West 36th Place intersects with Southridge Boulevard, but some students cut across the street to shorten their route.
The committee has met with city and school officials and approved a design for the new crosswalk. The Kennewick School District has agreed to remove cement barricades and make other changes to an adjacent student parking lot. Contractors have pledged $9,000 in in-kind donations to the project but cash is needed to cover the required permits and additional costs.
Members of the committee have also sought construction of a crosswalk across Southridge Boulevard between the school and Trios Southridge hospital. The hospital’s cafeteria has become a popular lunch spot with students. Those plans are on hold as the district looks at other ways to address traffic issues, including possibly moving a bus loop to the rear of the school.
Contributions can be sent to the committee in care of member David Chan, 1804 S. Buchanan St., Kennewick WA 99338.