The donation of land for a new combined school for the Seaside School District is just great. The district will be developing site plans and cost estimates over the next few months and all should contribute their ideas and issues to ensure that the final bond vote is positive.
The school district, and possibly the city, too, has evidently decided that Spruce Street and its intersection with Wahanna Road will be the single access point for the combined school. The Institute of Transportation Engineers specifies that a traffic impact study is necessary when a project creates 100 or more peak hour trips. Using standard traffic generation numbers, it appears that the combined schools projects will generate at least 250 more peak hour trips thus triggering the need for a traffic impact study.
While not prejudging the traffic study results, it would appear to me that the City of Seaside residents on Spruce and Wahanna and student’s safety would be much better served by extending Avenue F from its planned signaled intersection on Highway 101 over the creek and up past the hospital to the new combined school site. Furthermore, if designed to meet Cascadia earthquake requirements, this bridge would provide a true tsunami evacuation route for central Seaside.