Four traffic circles added to Chimborazo Elementary

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Four traffic circles now sit at the four major intersections surrounding Chimborazo Elementary.

Parents were concerned about speeders. Drivers were just zipping by and 535 kids go to school here; many walk, are dropped off, or take the bus.

"I come and pick my daughter up each evening from school and a lot of the cars do not acknowledge the stops that the buses have," said parent Michelle Macklin, Chimborazo PTA president.

The parents and school administration called the city's traffic engineer Tom Flynn. After several meetings they came up with the small circles, and new cross walks. They're designed to force you to slow down.

"It brings people's attention to the fact that there's something unique here. Which in this case is a school and to be aware of kids," said Flynn.

They're also landscaped, to look like gateways to the school.

"The children love it because it's green and it's plentiful and beautiful. It's not an eyesore. It's not red, it's something that's very welcoming," said Cheryl Burke.

Cheryl Burke's been the principal here for more than 13 years. She says the circles are the answer to they've been looking for.

"Sometimes persons are rushing on their way to work or an appointment and their minds may be elsewhere I understand that. But it's my responsibility to make sure that each child gets home safely," she said.

Two of the circles still need cross walks added that work should be done by the end of the week.

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