Professor David Levinson and Chaska city engineer Bill Monk walk with students on a tour of the safe routes to school site in Chaska. Photo courtesy of Mike Greco.
Professor David Levinson and Chaska city engineer Bill Monk walk with students on a tour of the safe routes to school site in Chaska. Photo courtesy of Mike Greco.

Article originally published in the January 2016 issue of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Transportation Studies’ Catalyst publication.

As part of a U of M course last semester, students analyzed access to an elementary and middle school complex adjacent to a busy intersection in Chaska, Minnesota, and made recommendations aimed at helping local agencies improve pedestrian safety and access around the site. Their work was part of a safe-routes-to-school project sponsored by the Resilient Communities Project (RCP).

…The northeast corner of the intersection of State Highway 41 and County State-Aid Highway (CSAH) 10 is home to the Chaska Community Center, Chaska Elementary School, Chaska Middle School West, and Chaska Middle School East. Almost none of the students at the site walk to school; most ride buses. A study of nonmotorized facilities completed in 2011 identified a number of potential concerns within a two-mile radius of this site, including numerous pedestrian/bicycle crashes and high traffic volumes and speeds, says Bill Monk, Chaska city engineer.

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