County to study lowering speed limit on Highway Y

By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press Staff

Ozaukee County officials will look at lowering the speed limit on Highway Y near the Riveredge Nature Center after cars were lining up on the road for parents who were picking up their children from the center’s new outdoor school.

“Like a lot of schools do, we had families line up and had the kids meet them at the door,” Riveredge Executive Director Jessica Jens said. 

“It worked OK in the morning when parents were dropping them off but it was just too slow in the afternoon for the pick-up. We tried some variations to make it go faster but it did not fix the problem.”

In the end, after discussions with the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office and Highway Department, Riveredge officials asked parents to park their cars in the nature center from now on and walk up to get their children, she said.

“It’s what we do for our day camps and works OK,” Jens said.

The Riveredge Outdoor Learning Elementary School opened for the first time this fall and has an enrollment of 70 children, kindergarten through fourth grade. 

The school features outdoor classrooms in all kinds of weather. It is a charter school affiliated with the Northern Ozaukee School District.

Jens said parking is adequate in the morning for parents, but that the lots can fill up when other programs or events are held.

“Eventually we’d like to have some additional parking, but right now we are OK,” she said. 

The discussion also raised the issue of speed on Highway Y, which currently is 55. 

County Public Works Director Jon Edgren said the county will conduct a speed study next spring.

“We’re going to continue to monitor the area,” Edgren said.

The county will also erect some “school zone” signage, he said. 

“We would definitely support any discussion to lower the speed limit,” Jens said, “not just because of the school and the increased number of people coming to the nature center but as you know the nature center is on both sides of the road and our trail system crosses the road at several locations.

“It’s also a curvy road and that in particular is most worrisome to us when drivers go too quickly down the road.”

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