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Oklahoma City installs temporary school zone signs for new Deer Creek school

Children attending the new Spring Creek Elementary School in northwest Oklahoma City will be a little safer, with signs warning motorists to slow down.
by William Crum Modified: August 28, 2013 at 8:47 pm •  Published: August 29, 2013

Barbara McPheeters says everyone was asking why traffic kept flying by on Rockwell Avenue after the new Spring Creek Elementary School opened north of 150th Street.

Now, the children are a little safer.

Oklahoma City installed temporary school zone signs Wednesday, warning motorists to slow down near the school, at 15400 N Rockwell Ave.

“That should have been done when this school opened,” said McPheeters, who was waiting to pick up her grandson, a first-grader.

With her was her granddaughter, who is in pre-K.

Behind her, a construction trailer sat at the edge of the parking lot. Workers were preparing to sod the front lawn and finishing other work on the new building, which opened Aug. 15.

Deer Creek schools asked for the school zone in a July 25 letter, 21 days before classes began. The Oklahoma City Traffic and Transportation Commission approved the request at its next meeting, on Aug. 19.

Rockwell is two lanes and 22 feet wide without shoulders or curbs in front of the school.

The speed limit is 55 miles per hour.

Cement trucks and dump trucks rush by, turning in and out of nearby housing additions that are under construction.

In a memo recommending the school zone be established, the Traffic Commission's staff said some children whose families move into the developing neighborhoods west of Spring Creek will cross Rockwell to get to school.

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by William Crum
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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