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File #: 17-770    Name:
Type: Ordinance Status: Consent Item Ready
File created: 11/16/2017 In control: City Council
On agenda: 11/27/2017 Final action:
Title: Approval of the second and final reading of an ordinance to revise the school speed zones at Carl Schurz Elementary School, New Braunfels High School Ninth Grade Center, and Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School.
Attachments: 1. 2017-11-13 Ordinance - Various School Speed Zones 1, 2. 2017-10 Sec 126-136 Redlines, 3. Carl Schurz and 9th Grade map, 4. Sts Peter and Paul map
Presenter/Contact
Presenter
Garry Ford, City Engineer
Contact Info
(830) 221-4020 - gford@nbtexas.org

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Approval of the second and final reading of an ordinance to revise the school speed zones at Carl Schurz Elementary School, New Braunfels High School Ninth Grade Center, and Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School.

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BACKGROUND / RATIONALE:
Council Districts: 5 and 6

City Council unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance amending the school speed zones at Carl Schurz Elementary School, New Braunfels High School Ninth Grade Center, and Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School on November 13, 2017.

Staff is conducting a review of the school speed zones for the existing schools in the city. As a result of this review, changes are proposed for Carl Schurz Elementary, New Braunfels High Ninth Grade Center, and Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School, as well as distance clarifications for Clear Springs Elementary and Oak Creek Elementary.

A school zone is a section of roadway adjacent to a school or a school crosswalk where signs designating a school are present. A school speed zone is a special reduced speed zone for schools allowed by ordinance and defined by school speed signs. Ideally, school speed zones should be kept short to enhance driver compliance. School speed zones are intended for pedestrian safety and not to facilitate vehicle movements. The Texas Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (TMUTCD) provides guidance that the point of a school speed zone should be at least 200 feet in advance of a school crossing if the school speed limit is less than 30 mph.

Carl Schurz Elementary and New Braunfels High Ninth Grade Center are located adjacent to one another, with Butcher Street between the two campuses. The changes proposed for the school speed zone locations at both schools are to adjust the distance covered by the school speed zone to the school crossing locations to be consistent with the TMUTCD guidan...

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