The Rosepine City Council met on Thursday night to tackle an issue that has been on the minds of many of its citizens.
The council members met to discuss a solution to the issues they have had with school traffic.
The issue is that parents picking up their children from school causing severe traffic backup on Highway 171.
It was stated that traffic has even been so congested that it reached the local veterinary clinic on 171.
The traffic congestion has caused numerous issues and has been a hot topic among Rosepine citizens recently.
Rosepine Chief of Police Delbert Keel reached out to Vernon Parish School Board Member John Blankenbaker to develop a solution to the travel woes.
Keel said “I have reached out to people and no one seems to have an answer. I asked John Blankenbaker to come because I wanted to find a solution.”
According to Keel and Blankenbaker, they both attempted to reach out to the Louisiana Department of Transportation Development (DOTD) for assistance but received no help.
Blankenbaker cited the fact that Rosepine has grown over the years as the reason for some of these issues, calling them “growing pains.”
He and Keel got together and also met with the principals of the Rosepine schools to pitch their solution.
The plan is to have pickup traffic go down Cedar Ln., up to Louisiana Ave., and stop at the stop sign on North St. Cedar Ln was chosen because it had the fewest houses on it.
Another part of the plan to reduce traffic congestion and increase safety is to allow buses to load and leave before parents begin student pick up.
Law enforcement will also act to prevent parents from lining up before two o’clock to pick up their children.
Keel noted that there are parents who have lined up to pick up their children as early as 12:30 and that doing so isn’t safe and causes congestion.
Blankenbaker said that this change will look to take place on Nov. 1 and that in the meantime Rosepine Police and the Rosepine Public Works will work on making the necessary road markings and signage to the new route.
The schools will use this time to inform parents of the change as well.
“I believe that this is a good solution,” said Blankenbaker. “If we can get through the first week successfully I think this will work.”