St. Mary School seeks street change


This is a depiction of what the new entrance to St. Mary Elementary School in Humboldt will look like when completed. School representatives have asked the Humboldt City Council to consider making 3rd Street North a one-way street in the 300 block next to the school as a safe zone to pick up and drop off students. Graphic rendering courtesy of St. Mary School.

By KENT THOMPSON
Representatives from St. Mary Catholic School in Humboldt were at the Humboldt City Council meeting Monday night, seeking a change to 3rd Street North on the east side of the school grounds.
The Rev. Dan Guenther, priest for St. Mary Parish and superintendent of the school, explained that the planned building project for St. Mary will have the common school entrance for parents and students facing a southeasterly direction.
Guenther, along with building committee representatives Dale Heider and Tom Carlson, explained that they would like the 300 block of 3rd Street North made into a one-way street to allow for the ease and safety of the drop off and pick up of school children next year.
While it will ultimately be the Humboldt City Council’s decision, Nick Frederiksen with ISG, the city’s civil engineering firm, said he would not be in favor of making one block in the middle of a street one way travel.
“It would be hard to justify on our end and actually one-way streets are less safe than two-way streets,” Fredriksen said.
He said with some parking limitations, appropriate striping and public education, the school could accomplish the same goals without limited traffic to one direction on 3rd Street North for one block.
It was agreed to have the school submit a sketch of what they are seeking and have ISG come up with a recommendation for the City Council to consider.
See more on this article in this week's Humboldt Independent.

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