Next week a temporary new school zone reducing the speed limit from 40 to 30 mph will go into effect for Brookwood Elementary School.
Overland Park Public Works crew members plan to install two solar-powered school zone beacons by the end of the month, if not sooner.
Overland Park officials, including police, public works, and the city manager’s office, along with officials from Shawnee Mission School DIstrict, were on site Friday and Monday to evaluate and better understand pedestrian and vehicle movement.
Officials looked at several options and the speed zone reduction is the first and most immediate step to be taken based on input from all parties including the public.
Monday afternoon city and school officials met and agreed to reduce the speed limit for two, 45- minute periods from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. and again from 3 to 3:45 p.m., the standard for elementary school zones.
Both the school district and the City continue to gather data and evaluate the need and distribution of school crossing guards.
City and school officials remind everyone to use designated crosswalks. Friday and Monday several parents and students crossed 103rd St., a four-lane, undivided thoroughfare, without using designated crosswalks, endangering all. All pedestrians should use either the signalized crosswalks at 103rd and Mission Road or 103rd and Roe.