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‘Kiss ’n Ride’ work on schedule

By Heather Latter, Fort Frances Times Ltd.

The work being done at J.W. Walker School and Robert Moore School in preparation for the new “Kiss ’n Ride” program there this fall is running on schedule.
“It’s on schedule right now—we’re not too worried about anything,” said Travis Enge, a member of the Traffic Safety Committee (TSC), citing the date of substantial completion as Aug. 19.
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Enge noted all the curbs have been laid, with the paving happening the week of Aug. 5.
“Once the paving is done, [the ‘Kiss ’n Ride’ loops] will be functional,” he remarked.
“And then they’ll be laying a whole bunch of sod across the field at Robert Moore and cleaning everything up at both sites after that.”
The “Kiss ’n Ride” program is being implemented at the two schools as a measure to keeping children safe.
It also is being deemed as a convenient and efficient procedure for dropping children off at school in the morning and picking them up at the end of the day.
With approval from the Town of Fort Frances, there have been some parking bylaw changes. As well, the TSC has developed traffic flow routes for parents to follow when using the respective “Kiss ’n Ride” loops.
“The problem that we have had is the converging on our schools in the morning and afternoon of passenger vehicles, buses, and pedestrians,” Enge noted.
“This causes congestion and chaos.”
So the “Kiss ’n Ride” program is the solution.
It will separate the traffic flow of buses and vehicles to reduce congestion, organize the passenger vehicles into a drive-thru system to drop off students and pick them up, as well as create safe corridors for pedestrians.
At J.W. Walker, the “Kiss ’n Ride” loop will be located at the front of the school where the bus loading zone had been.
The buses will drop off and pick up students on a new bus loop that’s been constructed at the end of Flinders Avenue.
At Robert Moore, meanwhile, the “Kiss ’n Ride” loop has been constructed at the west end of the school while the buses will drop off and pick up students at a new loading zone created on Crowe Avenue.
“Once your car has come to a complete stop in a designated area, a staff member or volunteer will be waiting to greet you, and to ensure your child safely arrives to or departs from school,” information provided on the Rainy River District School Board’s website indicated.
Enge said the board has developed a page specifically for the “Kiss ’n Ride” program since education of those using the designated areas will be the key to their success.
He added there is the opportunity to e-mail questions, along with a section that addresses those concerns.
An information session about the program also tentatively is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 20.
Watch the school board’s website for more information.

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