Parents concerned about unmarked, unmanned school crosswalk
Harmony Science Academy Administrators work to curb after school traffic chaos
SAN ANTONIO - Twelve grades, 900 students and dozens of cars are an unsettling combination that has parents concerned.
At the corner of Cable Ranch Road and Lakeside Parkway, The Harmony Science Academy has officially outgrown itself. Portables now line the back side of the property and traffic has increased along with the number of kids getting out of school.
"It's very unsafe for the kids as well as the parents while they're crossing I mean because sometimes people are driving fast through here. It's very unsafe for the kids as well as the parents," said parent, Gilda Escareno.
The Defenders watched and recorded as kids darted through cars, some of them hand in hand, literally making a run for it.
“The kids have to wait and basically dodge cars, but it’s just like if you don’t have no where to cross you got to cross wherever you can,” said parent Ron Van Buren.
Part of the problem, there are no markings on the road at the four way intersection designating the crosswalk.
“We’re out there, we’re seeing this, and we said, we’ll have to do something about this,” said Harmony Science Academy Public Relations Outreach Coordinator, Irma Huron.
According to the city, prior to a construction project this summer, the streets were striped and there were plans in the works to re-stripe, but it wasn’t until multiple calls came in, the project was put on the fast track.
Also missing from this four way intersection is a crossing guard.
“There’s so many cars going back and forth, some stop and some don’t,” said parent Lena Roque.
Huron assured KSAT going forward they will have crossing guards positioned at the four way intersection in addition to those in front of the school.
Harmony Science Academy is also being advised to revise their traffic control plan and enforce parent pick up and drop off.
“I don’t even want to get in the chaos so I stay far away and I walk across to get him,” said Van Buren.
As it is now, many parents don’t want to wait in line, which just adds to the foot traffic in an already congested area.
San Antonio Police will also be monitoring the area, helping to enforce the new no parking zones in the street directly across from the school.
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