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City of Puyallup

Back to School Safety

Back-to-school season is here! While the start of a new school year can be an exciting time, it also brings notable changes in traffic patterns across the city. The Puyallup Police Department takes proactive measures each year to try and keep every Puyallup student safe as they walk, bike, or drive to school. Below, parents and student drivers can find helpful tips for navigating School Zones. You can find more information on our Back to School Safety Page or in the Puyallup Police Department’s School Zone Safety Brochure

What Is A School Zone?
A School Zone is a section of a roadway near a school or near a designated school crosswalk, which has a reduced speed limit of 20 MPH.

When Is A School Zone Active?
The School Zone speed limit of 20 MPH is only in effect during the time in which the flashers are operational.

Pickup and Drop off in School Zones

1.) Please use designated pickup/drop-off zones, whenever possible.

2.) If you walk your children into the school, find a legal parking space and use crosswalks and sidewalks when walking your child to the school door.

3.) Always unload children from the curbside door of your vehicle and never allow children to walk between parked vehicles where drivers cannot see them.

4.) Parents, children and other pedestrians should not cross in the middle of the street. Walk to the nearest intersection or crosswalk and follow the provided signage or direction of crossing guards.

5.) Be courteous, patient and cautious of other drivers, parents and children within the school zone.

For more safety tips & information, visit our Back To School Safety Page. You can also learn about Crosswalk Safety in the Puyallup Police Department’s School Zone Safety Brochure.

W. PIONEER AVENUE CLOSURE
Due to construction activity from September 22 - October 11, the intersection at W. Pioneer Avenue and 15th Street NW will be closed to both east and west bound traffic. Detour signs, flaggers, and Variable Message Boards will direct drivers and those who wish to access Aylen Jr. High school.

FAIR EXPRESS BUS SERVICE
Pierce Transit is offering a Washington State Fair Express service for all fair visitors, from September 5 to September 21. Express bus and shuttle van riders will be dropped off and picked up at the Blue Gate Parking Lot. View the Fair Express brochure and visit Pierce Transit website for more information.

PUYALLUP CONNECTOR DETOUR
The Puyallup Community Connector Route 425 is a new bus route dedicated to serving downtown Puyallup and South Hill. The bus runs every 30 minutes, connecting Puyallup residents with shopping, recreation, local events, and medical facilities in Downtown Puyallup and South Hill. The Connector will use a detour route for the duration of the Washington State Fair, from September 5 to September 21. Click here for more information.

UPCOMING LEVEE ROAD CLOSURE
Monday, September 29th through Friday, October 3rd, WSDOT will fully close the Levee Road loop under the SR 167 Puyallup River Bridge to accommodate the necessary shaft construction for the new Puyallup River bridge. A detour route will be in place and access to the Puyallup Mini Storage facility will be maintained via northbound Meridian. Further information is available on the WSDOT project website.

CITYWIDE STREET IMPROVEMENTS
Puyallup Public Works is working hard to improve the city's streets and to make them safer. This citywide project includes installation of a new traffic signal at 7th Ave SW/5th St SW, LED street lighting along 7th Ave SW, and vehicular as well as pedestrian safety improvements at various locations. The project began on June 23 and is expected to take five months to complete. View a detailed map and list of construction site locations.

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