As you may have noticed, the Outagamie County Highway Department has been preparing Freedom Road/CTH ‘N’ (from CTH ‘OO’ north to HWY 41) for an eventual repaving this summer. As Village of Little Chute officials began to work with the County on the project, the Village of Little Chute reached out to the Little Chute Area School District to ensure a major stakeholder in our community had adequate input into the project.
One of the major issues identified in this project was the pedestrian crossing at Greenfield Avenue and Freedom Road/CTH ‘N’. This pedestrian crossing has long been identified by traffic experts as a hazardous crossing due to poor sight lines, speed and the curvature and changing elevations of Freedom Road/CTH ‘N’ (particularly the northbound traffic lane).
The Village of Little Chute and the Little Chute Area School District are asking that all pedestrians not cross at Greenfield Avenue, due to the dangers that are present at that crossing. Instead, we are asking pedestrians utilize the crossings at Freedom Road/CTH ‘N’ and CTH ‘OO’ or the crossing at Freedom Road/CTH ‘N’ and Florida Avenue. This is particularly important moving forward and we hope that parents will talk with their children about the importance of utilizing marked pedestrian crossings, obeying pedestrian signage, and utilize the areas where crossing guards are present in the hours before and after school.
Moving forward, the Village of Little Chute and the Little Chute area School District will work to improve pedestrian signage along Freedom Road/CTH ‘N’, look at school zones in greater detail Village wide, and work towards a revamped “Safe Routes to School” plan in 2015. At the end of the day, we want to provide safe accommodations for all pedestrians, especially our youngest pedestrians. We ask your help in ensuring their safety in these efforts.
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David Botz James P. Fenlon
District Administrator Village Administrator
Little Chute Area Schools Village of Little Chute
Phone: (920) 788-7605 Phone: (920) 788-7380
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