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

Speed limited

The school zone speed limit is 25 mph.

As parents arrived for dismissal Wednesday — about an hour after the signs were installed — it was evident the warning signs were having the desired effect. A police car parked in front of the school reinforced the message.

McPheeters said the school zone was addressed at a parents' meeting last week.

“If our children are so important, why do we have to put pressure on someone?” she said.

In its back-to-school-night update, the school told parents the safety zone had been approved and said, “You are welcome to call the city and share with them that this is an urgent matter that needs to be taken care of quickly.”

Ward 8 City Councilman Pat Ryan said he received one email about the school zone, before the Traffic Commission meeting. Nine days from approval to installation is “a pretty good turnaround,” he said.

Permanent signs, with flashing yellow lights, are to be installed by the end of September, said Kristy Yager, a spokeswoman for Oklahoma City.

The Public Works Department will build the signs from parts it has in stock.

Yager said federal funds are used to purchase most school zone warning signs in Oklahoma City.

A new flasher costs about $4,000, she said.

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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