Road proposed near local elementary school makes student safety a concern

Student safety a concern from proposed road near local elementary school

MARS, Pa. — PennDOT is proposing an access road only 28 feet from a local elementary school, which is the length of three parking spots.

The proposed project is to widen busy Route 228, which is already close to the Mars Primary Center.

"The safety of our students is first and foremost," said Mars Area School Superintendent Dr. Wesley Shipley. "If it’s a public road we lose a lot of control: who’s on it, the speed that they’re driving and so forth."

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Channel 11 contacted PennDOT, where a representative said they've been in communication with the school, Adams Township and other affected stakeholders. PennDOT also issued the following statement:

"We are continuing to investigate alternatives to provide reasonable access to the properties adjacent to the project."