District takes legal action in effort to stop planned road closure
Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Accident illustrates safety concerns

On Monday, Maize USD 266 took legal action seeking a temporary restraining order against the city of Wichita and the developer moving ahead with a plan to close the access road to our south campus schools for approximately six weeks beginning Monday.

The Sedgwick County judge involved has not yet made a ruling regarding the injunction, and a decision may not come until Wednesday or Thursday. A temporary restraining order would delay the planned project until the developer can produce a reasonable solution to provide the district and its patrons adequate access to the schools. In the meantime, however, the district is prepared for the possibility that the project will continue. 

The district is running out of time to stop this project.

An accident involving several vehicles at the intersection of Maize Road and the access road on Monday morning illustrates the district's concern for this project. The accident forced all traffic to Maize South Middle School to be rerouted from Maize Road to Tyler Road. It caused significant congestion and buses to arrive late. Nearly 50 students being dropped off by parents were late to school.

If the project is not stopped, the district is asking parents to expect significant traffic delays involving school buses and school traffic. There will be a much higher volume of traffic on the school access road and the area surrounding our south campus, including in and around the Fox Ridge neighborhood. 

The construction of a new temporary road between 37th Street and the west roundabout, immediately behind Menards, seems an unlikely possibility at this time.

Please note that traffic on Tyler Road near our south campus schools is now open to south-bound traffic. While this will help alleviate some traffic concerns, it does not address the safety issues that the district has expressed.

Please click below to read the letter from Superintendent Chad Higgins that was emailed to all parents on Saturday. 

Maize Schools appreciates our community's continued support as we navigate this issue and work toward the best - and safest - solution for all involved.

Please check www.usd266.com for additional information as updates are available.

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