School Zone Changes

Earlier this year we shared with you the City of Lincoln’s School Zone Standards implementation plan for Rousseau Elementary. Part of this plan calls for reducing speeds in the school zone, as studies have shown that reducing speeds in areas where there is a mix of pedestrian and vehicular traffic can bring significant safety benefits by reducing the severity of crashes. We are reaching out today to inform you that over winter break Traffic Engineering staff will install these new signs so they are in place when your students return on January 5th.

The signing adjacent to school property on Calvert Street will reduce the speed limit to 20 MPH “When Children Are Present.” Lincoln Municipal Code 10.02.315 states the reduced speed limit is in force under any of the following conditions:

  1. Children are occupying or walking within a marked crosswalk;
  2. Children are waiting at the curb or on the shoulder of the roadway and are about to cross the roadway by means of a marked crosswalk; or
  3. Children are present or walking along the roadway, either on the adjacent sidewalk or, in the absence of sidewalks, on the shoulder, or in the right-of-way.

Additionally, the school zone flashers on S 33rd Street will reduce the speed to 20 MPH during the 30-minute period prior to the start of school and the 30-minute period after school dismissal.