ANTIOCH -- Bryan Givens loves being able to pick up his child from school. But, like several parents at Turner Elementary, going in and out of the parking lot horrifies him.
That's because the older school is located off Delta Fair Boulevard, a four-lane road that over the years has turned from residential thoroughfare to a major commute route for drivers trying to escape the Highway 4 backup.
Though the posted speed limit is 30 mph and 25 mph when children are present, local residents say drivers often blow through the area much faster than that.
The problem is compounded before school as the line of westbound cars trying to turn left into the school parking lot backs up Delta Fair. Frustrated and hurried commuters try to maneuver through the gridlock. The same happens after school in the opposite direction.
"It's scary as hell," Givens said.
Adds parent Rocky Neal: "People just fly right on through here."
The community was again reminded of the danger of Delta Fair last Tuesday morning, when a rented 2012 Audi A3 crossover reached at least 60 mph while driving eastbound in an "impatient" manner, swerved around a car stopped at a red light, clipped the front bumper of the car of a parent who was turning left onto School Street as the light changed, lost control and struck three pedestrians.
No Turner students were injured, as it happened just five minutes after school started. School crossing guard Dana Canady received several broken bones and cuts as witnesses say the crash sent her flying, but she is expected to survive.
The crash may have been a bit of an anomaly, but residents say accidents aren't rare for the road.
Mike Bowes, a Turner parent who lives on Delta Fair, said the crash is the third one along that stretch in the past month.
"You can still see some of the car's paint on the retaining wall," said Bowes, referencing a collision farther to the west on Delta Fair.
Some of the other concerns from the parents is the poor visibility from the school parking lot onto Delta Fair.
Jose Navarrete says his wife doesn't like dropping the kids off at school because of the left turn into the school parking lot from westbound Delta Fair, saying the traffic light does not have an arrow. Some parents avoid that dangerous situation altogether by making a U-turn farther up the road.
Turner principal Sue Ten Eyck says she's received several complaints from parents over her three years at the school, particularly from Latino parents who walk children to school, urging the city to do something to slow down traffic.
"It's so tucked away. A lot of people don't even realize that there's a school here," Ten Eyck said.
Along Delta Fair there is only one small neon-yellow warning sign for the school on each side of the road atop the 25 mph sign. Other, less-busy streets around the school have more posted warnings, including cautionary pedestrian crossing signs.
There may be some help on the way.
Though Antioch has not conducted a traffic study on Delta Fair in at least four years, the city is installing a four-way traffic signal at Delta Fair and Belle Drive, along with a left-turn arrow at School Street for westbound traffic turning into the school, said Ron Bernal, the city's public works director.
A bid for the project was awarded in July. The traffic lights are expected to be completed early next year.
"That street gets backed up because you have one person trying to make a left and it blocks all the people around them," Bernal said. "It was recognized as a situation we can improve."
"That would reduce a lot of headaches," Navarrete said.
But, Neal and Givens are among those that say it is not enough.
"It will help. But to make a difference, they need to have motorcycle cops out there, or cameras, speed bumps or something," Givens said.
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