WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)-Parents that live in the Wabash Shores neighborhood are concerned for their children's safety due to the lack of sidewalks in the area. The Neighborhood is only a few blocks from West Lafayette Intermediate School.
"We have 4 children,” said Thomas Fech who lives in the Wabash Shores neighborhood. “Our oldest just started going to the new intermediate school this school year. On our street, there are no sidewalks."
The Fech's say that's concerning to them, especially since their daughter has to cross Indian Trail Drive which is a busy street during rush hour traffic.
"It's pretty bad how fast cars go,” said Janii Fech. “Students still need to cross that street in order to get to school."
West Lafayette Intermediate school has a policy that if students live less than a mile away they don't qualify for bus services. The Fech's say while sidewalks would be ideal, they'd be happy with other infrastructure updates.
"Just to have something in place maybe signs or cross walk lines. Just something to ensure the safety of our kids getting to school, ” added Janii Fech.
The city has made several updates in and around the school area in the last couple of years. However, they are still working to make the area more pedestrian-friendly.
"There have been some higher rates of speeds then we would like to see on Indian Trail,” said West Lafayette city engineer Ed Garrison. “We are trying to positively message that. We are having the police do additional patrols through the area to try and keep speeds down."
Garrison says they are considering adding traffic calming options to slow down drivers in the area. The city’s main goal is to make the area as safe as possible.
"It's not just sidewalks and crosswalks,” added Garrison. “It's also signage, messaging, and enforcement. We are doing everything we can to make sure that this is safe for everyone as it possibly can be."
Garrison says they do have plans to add more signage and pedestrian safety features to the area in the near future but didn't give a date on when those signs or crosswalks would be added.