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Third grader Gwen Brakebill crossing the very busy Sunset/Flamingo and Lark Street intersection.
Third grader Gwen Brakebill crossing the very busy Sunset/Flamingo and Lark Street intersection.
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In an attempt to relieve some of the parking issues that Sunset School is currently experiencing, the 500 block of Lark Street will be ONE WAY during the hours of 7-8:30 a.m., and 2:30-3:45 p.m. on school days only, starting on Tuesday, Sept. 2. Working with Renee Long, Principal of Sunset School, and residents living in the area, the Altus Police Chief has directed certain traffic signs be replaced.

“This school, because of it’s unique location, is experiencing heavy traffic congestion during the morning and afternoon hours,” Altus Police Chief Tim Murphy said in a press release last week. “Unlike Sunset school, other schools in Altus have several streets that run adjacent to it’s school. Sunset has only one street for parents to drop off and pick up their children. The safety of the children, other pedestrians, and motorists are a serious concern because of the traffic congestion.”

One way signs will direct motorists in and easterly direction from the intersection of of Sunset/Flamingo and Lark Street. Motorists will no longer be permitted to enter the 500 block of Lark Street traveling West, during the posted hours on school days.

Traffic signs on Sunset Drive directing motorists to and from the school will remain the same.

Police will be posted in and around this area watching for motorists who disobey the traffic signs.

“This is an attempt to curb some of the traffic congestion associated with Sunset School,” Chief Murphy said. “For the safety of our children and with everyone working together, the transition will be a smooth one for all.

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