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Sep 19

City Spotlight: Back to School Project Updates

Posted to City Spotlight on September 19, 2023 at 12:32 PM by Haley Foster

Safe Routes to School Project Updates

The City of Monticello and Monticello School District were awarded a MN Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Safe Routes to School 2022 Infrastructure Grant. 

The grant funding was used for safety improvements near Pinewood Elementary School and along School Boulevard. Now that it’s time to head back to school, we’d like to highlight some of the changes you might see in the area.SRTS Project Back to School

  • The trail along the south side of School Boulevard was extended from Cardinal Hills to Fenning Avenue.  
  • Enhanced pedestrian crossings with refuge islands have been installed at the Cardinal Hills Park crossing, Pelican Lane, and the Meadow Oak Ave and Fenning Roundabout. New RRFB’s (Rectangular Rapid-Flashing Beacons) will be installed at these locations later this fall.  
  • There are changes to one of high school entrances with a new right-out only and a refuge island for pedestrians.  
  • The sidewalk at Eastview was widened to assist with drop-off and pick-up times.  
  • Radar feedback speed signs and additional lighting will also be installed on School Boulevard in the coming months. 
  • Sidewalk has been installed along the east side of Elm Street between 6th Street and Broadway, along 6th Street from Elm to Vine, and along 4th Street from Elm to Minnesota.  
  • A section of Elm Street sidewalk near the railroad tracks will be installed once the railroad crossing is extended for the new sidewalk.  
  • Trees and sod are anticipated to be placed in September (the next week or two) and the RRFB at the intersection of Elm and 3rd street will be installed later this fall. 

To learn more about Monticello’s Safe Route to School Plan and projects, visit:  

Sep 09

Back to School Reminders from WCSO

Posted to City Spotlight on September 9, 2022 at 2:05 PM by Haley Foster

A Message from the Wright County Sheriff's Office

With change of seasons comes other changes, the Wright County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind all citizens that safe driving is a primary concern. Wright County has numerous construction zones, kids back in school, sun position changes, weather changes, and more people going back to work.

Sheriff Sean Deringer asks all drivers to:

  1. Always keep 100 percent of your attention on the road – try to avoid multi-tasking.
  2. Don’t use your phone or electronic devices while driving.
  3. Wear your seat belt.
  4. Slow down.

The Safest Mode of Transportation for Children

In Minnesota, school buses make at least 10,000 school bus trips daily. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, school buses are the safest mode of transportation for children — children are eight times safer riding in a bus to school than any other vehicles.

  •  In Minnesota in 2019, there was one fatality involving a school bus.
  • There were 3,220 traffic crashes involving school buses from 2015-2019. Only 272 school age children who were riding in a school bus were hurt during that time frame. 

Stop for School Buses: It's the Law!

  • State law requires all vehicles to stop for school buses when the bus driver activates the flashing lights and has the crossing arm fully extended.
  • Drivers who violate the law face a $500 fine.
  • Drivers can face criminal charges for passing a school bus on the right, passing when a child is outside the bus, or injuring or killing a child. 


Motorists must stop at least 20 feet from a school bus that is displaying red flashing lights or a stop arm when approaching from the rear and from the opposite direction on undivided roads. Motorists should slow down, pay attention, and anticipate school children and buses, especially in neighborhoods and school zones. The best way to be aware of your surroundings at all times is to put the distractions away.


When getting off a bus, look to be sure no cars are passing on the shoulder. Wait for the bus driver to signal that it’s safe to cross. When crossing the street to get on the bus or to go home, make eye contact with motorists before proceeding.