New school zone drops speed on Highway 90

Starting Tuesday drivers on Highway 90 now have to slow down for a new school zone in front of the China Elementary School.

Throughout the day the speed limit is 55 mph but that drops to 35 mph before school between 7:10 and 7:55 a.m. and after school during 3:25 to 3:55 p.m.

Parents dropping their children off at school are excited about the change.

They say entering and exiting the school grounds next to 18-wheelers going 55 mph is scary.

"Especially when you were pulling out to take older kids to the high school I made it more difficult because you had to watch that traffic and try to get across to make the U-turn to go back towards Nome to go to the high school, so it has been a blessing to have that 35-mph zone," said Laura Stager.

Principal of China Elementary, Sandra Sherman, is thankful a new state law was passed allowing a school zone to be installed on roadways where school property is clearly seen.

"It has been a long time coming because there's lots of highway traffic, lots of truck traffic 18-wheelers on Highway 90 and it's really dangerous," said principal Sherman, "we've never had an accident and thank you dear lord we don't want to have one and this will ensure that, I feel quite certain."

And remember, now that the portion of highway 90 in front of China Elementary is considered a school zone, you cannot use your cell phone during those before and after school hours.


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