Construction of a new crosswalk connecting Page Middle School and Page High School will conclude this week, ensuring students of both schools are safe when crossing Arno Road.
During a site plan review of Page Middle School renovations at a 2019 Williamson County Planning Commission meeting, previous District 5 County Commissioner Beth Lothers raised the issue of sidewalks extending to Arno Road and the need for safe pedestrian connectivity between both Page schools.
Then, at a commission review of Page High School renovations, a short sidewalk extension was required as a condition for approval. The commission confirmed improvements were underway in 2021, such as additional traffic lights and walk signs.
“Band members have been escorted over the years along the busy highway and made a run across to the other campus,” Lothers said. “There was no safety infrastructure along Arno Road or access to both campuses. … All planning commissioners echoed the need to plan for a safe crossing.”
“There’s a big relationship there between the two schools,” planning commissioner Robin Baldree said. “Page Middle School uses the high school. They use their football field and go to varsity games.
"A lot of middle school students take classes at the high school. So, because of the relationship between the two schools, the community between the two schools and Arno is a through street for a lot of cross-commuting, we felt like the students … needed something safer than just a crosswalk. For the safety of the community, students and teachers, staff and parents, we felt like this was a really great win-win.”