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Back to school roundabout safety

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It's that time of year again. Students are back in school.

For some in Dubuque, that means they'll have to walk through a new roundabout -- the first one in the city.

Officials want to make sure they're using it the right way. "For the first week or so, we're gonna be up here at the cross walks at arrival and dismissal times to talk to kids  and just kind walk them through, making sure they use the cross walk," said Jon Dienst, civil engineer for the city of Dubuque.

With Washington Middle School just a few blocks away from the roundabout, here are some safety tips officials would like parents to share with their kids. "Pay attention to the driver, make eye contact, point to kind of show them your intent to cross," Dienst added.

What you also need to know is that police will be patrolling the area, making sure that drivers are obeying the law.

"Every year, beginning of the school year we have officers stationed at each school monitoring arrival and dismissal times. This year we're also gonna have officers at the roundabout posted to make sure both traffic, vehicular traffic and pedestrian traffic it's going safely," said Lt. Scott Baxter of the Dubuque Police Department.

With the roundabout being open to traffic for just one week now, drivers are still getting used to it.  

It seems some are confused about the yield sign. "There's a few people that sometimes think of it as a merge, so there's been not crashes in that regard, but some near misses," Dienst said.

The city of Dubuque intends on educating students at schools near the roundabout throughout the year, as needed. 

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