WINNIPEG — For many students, going back to school is a dreaded time of year, but in one Transcona neighbourhood, it’s the parents who are dreading it.
Parents sending children to Bernie Wolfe Community School said they’re worried about the increased traffic in front of the school due to the closure of Plessis Road to allow construction of the Plessis underpass.
The city has built calming tables, similar to speed humps, to slow down motorists, but residents said they don’t make a difference.
“It just worries me, you know, I’m not going to lie,” said Kim Jones, whose daughters start grades one and seven next week.
Plessis will be closed for16 months while the underpass is constructed, and Bournais Drive is the nearest alternate route.
The calming tables are supposed to slow people down or discourage motorists from using Bournais, but even drivers said it’s not going to work.
“I just don’t understand the city planners,” said Martin Hiller, who drove down the street Friday. “They’re not very big humps, so I don’t think it’ll work.”
Global News cameras recorded vehicles not slowing down for a calming table that is also a crosswalk.
“Maybe I’ll start taking plate numbers,” said Aniel. “I don’t think it will help, but we’ll see.”
The city said the calming tables won’t get any higher but by Tuesday, yellow lines and more signs will be posted warning motorists to slow down.
Jones worries a child will get seriously hurt before residents get the controlled crosswalk they want.
“I don’t think this is what we as parents in the community had hoped for. We were hoping for more protection of the school.”
Students return to class at Bernie Wolfe School on Wednesday.
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