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Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Concerns from neighbors, parents, and students about traffic safety issues near Rochester Century High School have been addressed.

The concerns recently shot up after a student was struck by a vehicle while crossing Viola Rd.

Olmsted County Public Works later announced it was planning a roundabout at the site where the student was hit. But it is not planned to be built until 2023.




It was recently decided to tweak the speed limit in the area during certain times of school days, dropping from 40 mph to 30 mph.

Rochester Police Dept. spokeswoman Amanda Grayson says Viola Road has two school speed limit signs: one near East Circle Dr. for eastbound traffic and another one near Schaeffer Lane for westbound traffic.

Grayson says the signs have flashing lights that indicate when the “school speed limit” is active. Olmsted County has retimed the signs for the new school start/end times. The signs will be flashing during morning drop-off from 0750 to 0830 and during afternoon pickup from 1520 to 1600 hours.

The signs are only going to be active during those times.

Grayson says the school’s resource officer “will begin assisting with traffic enforcement on this change next week.”

The change drew this response that was posted on NextDoor.com:


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