Ask NOW: Reader's question leads to signage change

A sign directs eastbound drivers to slow down when children are present outside St. John Vianney School.

A sign directs eastbound drivers to slow down when children are present outside St. John Vianney School.

April 8, 2014

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Reader notices signs missing at school zone on Gebhardt

Question: A reader noted that Gebhardt Road has a "school zone" sign for eastbound traffic outside St. John Vianney School, but lacks signage for westbound traffic. She asked: "Is that considered a school zone or not? Not very well-marked for the children."

Response: I asked Public Works Director Tom Grisa about the signage, and he said it was the city's mistake and he will fix it.

Gebhardt Road has two school zones near Calhoun Road, one to the east for Brookfield Central High School, and one to the west for St. John Vianney. Grisa said Brookfield Central has signage for eastbound and westbound traffic, but for some reason St. John Vianney was only ever marked for eastbound traffic.

"You have a very observant reader," Grisa said. "We appreciate someone bringing it to our attention. Normally we're pretty good about putting one in both directions."

Grisa said it would probably take about a week to get the sign into place, which, like the other "school zone" signs, will direct drivers to slow to 15 miles per hour when children are present. The normal speed limit on the road is 35.

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