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Parents concerned about students' route to school in New Britain

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Parents concerned about students' route to school in New Britain (WFSB) Parents concerned about students' route to school in New Britain (WFSB)
NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -

Some New Britain parents want the school district to make an exception for some middle schoolers who walk through a busy intersection.

Eyewitness News walked the route on Tuesday and found another alarming problem.

Corbin Avenue and West Main Street sees its fair share of drivers and children walk to and from school in that same area.

“No one wants to hear that call. Your child was in an accident on the way to or from school," New Britain mother of two Darleen Hayes said.

Hayes said her son will someday be a student at Slade Middle School. The walk will be a mile and a half. But it's not the walk that concerns her, it’s the area.

“It will be my concern in a few years when he does have to go to the school and as a mother I don't want to be at home worrying about, did my son get to school safe?" Hayes said. 

Eyewitness News saw her voice her concerns on Facebook and dozens of people weighed in on the topic.  Eyewitness News walked the route ourselves and noticed that it was near the on and off ramps of Route 9 where some drivers not giving walkers the right away.

"There are sidewalks all along Corbin Avenue and crossing guards at multiple intersections. All hazard areas have been examined and checked out. Additionally, all stoplights have cross-walk signals,” The New Britain School District told Eyewitness News.

But, Eyewitness News found a problem with one cross walk on Corbin Avenue and West Main Street. While walking the route Eyewitness News noticed no matter how many times you pushed a button for the cross walk, light never turned on.

Eyewitness News contacted the city's public works department, who said that area is controlled by Connecticut Department of Transportation. Eyewitness News called DOT and they said they'll look into making repairs on Wednesday. 

In the meantime, Hayes said she hopes the school district will re-evaluate.

“What about in the winter? Maybe there is something they can do because they need to get to school safe," Hayes said.

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