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Two Proposed Projects to Improve Safety for Students at Seaford Middle School

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SEAFORD, Del. (WBOC) – Seaford School District is working with Delaware Safe Routes to School program to improve conditions for students who walk to and from Seaford Middle School on Stein Highway. 

Seaford School District's transportation director Susan Messick submitted an application to the program in October of 2013, requesting funding to help improve the area for students who have to walk along the highway.

Right now, there is just one crosswalk with a light by the middle school. 

Sarah Coakley, Pedestrian coordinator and Safe Routes to School coordinator, asked the district to form a committee with the school, city, community and police department. They met several times and came up with two proposed designs to help improve the highway. 

The first proposed design, which is preferred by the school district, would add a landscaped median on Stein Highway in front of the school. 

The second includes intersection improvements at Virginia Avenue and Bridgeville Highway. 

Amanda Hastings lives in Seaford and has driven by at 2:37 when walkers are dismissed from the middle school.

“"They're all over the place, you know, they're on both sides of the road and they are crossing and it's just a mess, “Hastings said. “It would be better to have that so that they can cross the street safely so that they don't get hit. "

 Billie Thaxton moved to Seaford about six months ago. Her 12-year-old son goes to Seaford Middle School. Thaxton agrees that there needs to be more safe zones for walkers. 

“Sometimes kids don't always look at what they're going. They're maybe talking or laughing. Jaywalking is not good. Children could get hit. We could possibly have accidents if there's no median there for the children to see where they are going,” Thaxton said. 

Hastings agrees adding a median would help, but she is concerned about the impact of more construction in Seaford.

“Once people get out of it, they start to drive very, very fast because they're finally through all of the construction, “Hastings said. 

The $125,000 dollars of federal funding from the Safe Routes to School program will cover the cost of design and construction for just one of the proposed routes. 

Safe Routes to School coordinator Sarah Coakley will present the two plans at Seaford's public meeting and council meeting on Tuesday. The city will have to approve one of the two designs, and will have to agree to take responsibility for maintaining the median since it is in city limits. 

Another part of the project is testing the signal timing at the intersection of Stein and Bridgeville Highways. 


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