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Cedar Falls parents, students lobby for stop sign

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL)-- Lincoln Elementary in Cedar Falls is the city's only school that does not have four way stop signs around the entire perimeter of the building.  But some students at the school are hoping to change that. 

You'll often see cars zinging through the intersection of W. 8th and Clay Streets in Cedar Falls.  Students at nearby Lincoln Elementary are concerned about the risk that poses to kids walking across the road.  That's why safety patrol students roll out temporary stop signs after school. 

"The cars come tearing through there, and they don't really pay attention to our portable stops signs because they're like, 'They just roll them out.  They're not permanent there,'" said Alexis Hahn, Lincoln Elementary student.

And since kids use the school's playground all the time, students and parents asked the city to install a permanent four-way stop at the intersection.

"We need something done right now, before something drastic happens to one of our kids," said Paulette Standing, parent volunteer for the student safety patrol.

But the Cedar Falls city council members don't find that the intersection warrants added stop signs.  Instead, the council's unanimously approved installing concrete bump-outs next spring.

"The kids will only have 24 feet to walk across rather than 41 feet.  It would narrow the traffic down, and a narrowing street slows traffic down," said Cedar Falls Mayor Jon Crews.

It's a change that those at Lincoln Elementary say can't happen soon enough.

Students and parents are glad the city's committed to doing something to slow down traffic at the intersection.  But they're still hoping a four-way stop sign will be installed sometime in the future.

KWWL Reporter:  Kera Mashek

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