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Pajaro Valley High School students form traffic group

Posted: Friday, Mar 22nd, 2013

Students from Pajaro Valley High spill over the fog line into the westbound lane of Harkins Slough Road Friday as school lets out. (Photo by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE As the final bell rings for the day, the entire student population at Pajaro Valley High School prepares to leave the campus, all at the same time.

But with only one way out on Harkins Slough Road, a line of cars preparing to leave snakes up the campus, and those trying to enter the campus to pick up the students are at a standstill, the line extending over the Harkins Slough Bridge and spilling over to South Green Valley Road.

Those drivers are waiting for the constant crowds of students who are walking home, and, while struggling to squeeze onto the narrow sidewalks, walk partway into the road and the oncoming traffic.

This scene is normal for the school, not only during the afternoon, but also in the morning.

Gabriel Nieves, a senior at Pajaro Valley High School, summed it up in two words.

"It's chaotic," he said.

Nieves is part of a group of about 20 students who meet after school and discuss potential solutions to the problem.

The group, formed about four months ago, meets weekly for a half hour, and the members bounce ideas off of each other on possible solutions to the traffic problem.

Right now, the group is focusing on raising awareness of the issue, and on Wednesday, they discussed who they should send letters to and ask for support.

For the complete article see the 03-23-2013 issue.

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