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Kenton City Schools will not have to pay extra to include more vehicles in a traffic study after all.
Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski told the Times this morning that Choice One Engineering agreed to drop the additional $8,210 charge.
That followed telephone conversations Tuesday with the Ohio School Facilities Commission, architects Garmann Miller, construction manager Smoot Construction and Choice One.
The initial study only projected 160 vehicles dropping off children, with the same number returning for after school pickup, based on usage at similar elementary schools.
But KCS officials did their own count showing close to 400 vehicles now come to the district’s elementary schools in both the morning and afternoon.
The new traffic study will reflect the anticipated 400 vehicles coming to the school to be located off Township Road 114 on Kenton’s north side.
“We would be setting ourselves up for disaster if we go with 160 cars,” Penczarski said at Monday’s board meeting.
The Kenton Board of Education reluctantly agreed to the extra charge because the administration was told a decision was needed by Tuesday morning, she said.
Penczarski said an accurate study is needed or the district could miss out on turn lanes or traffic lights.
As part of the study, Choice One is counting traffic on Morningside Drive, Township Road 114 and Silver Street. The cost is approximately $16,000.
By TIM THOMAS