The City of Lakewood is working with Bear Creek K-8 school to improve the flow of traffic for parents dropping off and picking up their children, and to provide better parking options. The improvement project will be phased in over the next few months and should be finished by the end of 2013, according to the city.
Lakewood police were at the school during the first week of school to monitor the drop-off and pickup locations and parking.
“The school was hearing complaints from parents and neighbors about parking,” said John Padon, traffic engineer with Lakewood. “The school only has two parking lots, one that is small and one that is slightly little larger, so we wanted to look at alternatives.”
According to Melissa Reeves, news media specialist with Jeffco Schools, Bear Creek K-8 principal Victoria Kaye and staff have been working hard to help manage the traffic while a better solution is found.
Parents are encouraged to use the “hug-and-go” method for drop-off and pick-up or park in the K-8 lots west of the school, instead of trying to park in the school’s lots or parking in nearby neighborhoods, which can disrupt neighbors.
Since there is very limited parking, parents there is the option to get a free parking pass from Bear Creek K-8 School to park in the lot south of W. Dartmouth Place to walk their child into the school.
Padon said that the city is helping with some signage changes, and new street lines in the area. The plan is to implement the changes slowly, so parents have a chance to get used to the new rules.
A new curb will be constructed and signs will be changed indicating new drop-off and pick-up points and parking areas for parent vehicles, buses and daycare vans. According to the school, the new traffic flow pattern will allow buses and daycare vans to use the loop in front of the school, and daycare vans to use the south row of the front parking lot.
Reeves said the school is also looking to work with Bear Creek High School, so that parents can use some of the high school’s overflow parking spots.
For more information on traffic at Bear Creek K-8, visit https://sites.google.com/a/jeffcoschools.us/bearcreek-k8/traffic.