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School children walking on road to get to school

SPRINGVILLE, Utah (ABC 4 News) - A group of mothers want to make sure their children stay safe while walking to school. Their kids don't have a sidewalk so the parents are passing out a petition to get one built.
SPRINGVILLE, Utah (ABC 4 News) - A group of mothers want to make sure their children stay safe while walking to school. Their kids don't have a sidewalk so the parents are passing out a petition to get one built.

The area in question is about 360 feet area near a road with no sidewalk. It sits near Westside Elementary. Parents are concerned because their children have to walk this way to get to school.

"There's a couple of kids that ride scooters and they can't go through the gravel and so instead they ride right down the middle of the street," said concerned parent, Cammi Blaser.

The path sits on private property so technically the homeowner is responsible to pay the estimated $50,000 to install a sidewalk, but Cammi says the homeowner can't afford that so she's using a petition to gather support to encourage Springville City leaders to take action.

"Well my goal was 500 and we met that on the first day so I feel like we have some pull with the City now," Blaser said.

On average is snows 48.5 inches every year in Springville. That's about five feet of snow. Parents are concerned because this snowy pathway makes it easier for children to walk in the street.

Parents have collected 800 signatures to get the attention of City leaders. We talked with Springville City administrator Troy Fitzgerald over the phone. He says he's concerned and wants to ensure children have a safe way to get to school and looks forward to talking with parents.

"There are new drivers who go to the high school at the end of the road and it's a bad combination all the way around," Blaser said.

She will speak before the City Council Tuesday sometime between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.





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