Charter school will get one of two requested school crossings

Crosswalk across 400 East will not get elevated status

Cars line both sides of 300 South at the end of the school day for the Moab Charter School nears. City Engineer Chuck Williams said recent pedestrian counts showed that students and parents jaywalking on this stretch of road was common before and after school. Photo by Carter Pape

Following recent pedestrian counts at the Moab Charter School, Moab City Engineer Chuck Williams said that state-defined requirements for designating school crossing zones were met for one of two crossings that charter school families and staff brought to the city’s attention.

The charter school sits on 300 South, near where the road ends at 400 East. Williams’ pedestrian count showed that between 10 and 12 students regularly cross 300 South before and after school, warranting a crosswalk by state rules.

A crossing at Locust Lane, a few hundred feet from the school, had only up to four students cross when the engineers counted earlier this month, less than the 10 defined by state code to warrant a school pedestrian crossing.

Both 400 East and 300 South already have pedestrian crossings, but neither is designated as a school crossing zone, which gets more prominent signage.

Williams said during a public meeting of the Moab City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 24, that he and the city staff went into the crosswalk counts interested in one thing – primarily, how many students used the crosswalk across 400 East – but coming out with a different focus: jaywalking.

Williams noted in his report that none of the students observed crossing 300 South used the crosswalk, instead crossing mid-block, well outside of the designated crosswalk. Williams said this meant “additional measures” would be needed to “promote compliance.”

“In other words, if the school crosswalk is installed at 300 South the children need to quit crossing the street mid-block and use the new crosswalk,” Williams said.