Bettendorf construction causing confusion for middle school students


BETTENDORF, Iowa (KWQC) — Bettendorf construction causing confusion for middle school students.

The project on Spruce Hills Drive and 18th Street is causing concern for drivers and students walking to or from school. A student was hit by a car last week crossing near that zone.

As the project leads to laying new cement for sidewalks, crosswalks leading to the middle school are blocked off. Parents are now concerned about how children will know when or where to cross the street.

Resa Harris, concerned parent, put on a bright yellow vest and stood in traffic to help students cross the street before and after school.

“I did have to go right through the traffic to get to it and basically I worked this corner and then the corner over by the CVS, looking for kids and just darting back and forth myself trying to make sure they got to school safely,” said Harris.

Harris noticed the problem when she was taking her son to school Tuesday and said the children looked scared and confused. Now Harris is helping these students cross the street through the busy intersection.

“They weren’t always that excited to have me there being middle school students they were a little embarrassed but when I explained to them why they understood,” said Harris.

As a parent, Harris hopes that stepping in will prevent more accidents and keep everyone safe.

“My biggest concern is just to make the parents the students and drivers in the area aware so that they slow down and they are extra cautious when they are driving through the intersection,” said Harris.

Harris plans to volunteer as a crossing guard for the rest of the week, unless one of the cross walks opens back up.

Parents and the school district are hoping the project will be finished quickly. The Bettendorf City Administrator said the project should be complete by the end of the month.


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