We know that the old Pioneer Middle School in Steilacoom has closed and been replaced by the new one in DuPont.
The school speed zone signs, however, are still in place in Steilacoom. When will these be coming down? I’d be really upset getting a speeding ticket in a school zone for a school that doesn’t exist. I’ve heard the same situation exists for a school that shut its doors near the Lakewood Computer Clubhouse, but I don’t know the school or address. Traffic is clearly a consideration of these school related projects. New signs go up for the new schools and DuPont even installed a new traffic light. Why hasn’t the ‘cleanup’ also been taken care of?
Paul Loveless, Steilacoom Town Administrator responds:
The subject of the school zone signs and there possible removal has been discussed with both School District officials and the Town Council. A number of school-related events involving children continue to occur at the Pioneer Middle School facility in Steilacoom. As such and probably until the future use of the facility is determined, the informal decision was to leave the signs and the corresponding speed limit in place.
If an individual chooses to exceed the clearly posted speed limit in the Town of Steilacoom or for that matter in any community either in a school zone or on any street and are ticketed, then they should be upset with themselves, not with the jurisdiction.
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