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January 27, 2014

FULL TEXT: Downtown Dragons response in high school debate

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Misconception No. 14: “The district failed to commission a traffic study prior to making a decision on the location of the new high school and the district must bear the cost of road improvements to intersections near the site. LASD has not included infrastructure costs (water and gas lines, etc.) in the estimated costs for the project.”

Response: We never said LASD “failed” to do a traffic study. We said it only recently started a traffic study, and that the true cost of infrastructure work is not yet known. The actual quote from the Jan. 20 column: “LASD only recently began its traffic study, yet it says that all infrastructure work is included in the $35 million tab.”

The district did not include an estimate of or allowance for likely traffic impact costs in their feasibility study, effectively dismissing one of the major cost advantages of the in town site. While there may be some grant funds available, understanding the scale of those costs is important in making any decision.

Misconception No. 15: “The hospital did a traffic study two years ago and was told they would be responsible for more than $2 million in road improvements for just one intersection. The district will have to make similar improvements when the new high school is built.”

Response: It is not reasonable to think that roads adjacent to Newman Road will not require improvement. Anyone who lives in Kelly Township can tell you how busy Airport Road, William Penn Drive, Hospital Drive and JPM Road are at any given time of the day. The campus will impact state roads, with intersection consequences at Colonel John Kelly, Hospital Drive, William Penn Drive, Airport Road and Route 192, not to mention Route 15. Only the results of the pending traffic study will answer questions surrounding necessary roadwork. (Jan. 20 column)

Misconception No. 16: “Taxes will increase to accommodate the additional costs for the maintenance of the new facility.”

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