Stephanie Duke is afraid to send her 9-year-old daughter Hailey to school.
Two weeks ago Stephanie learned her daughter’s bus route was taken away by the Jordan School District.
A state regularion requires Elemenatary students who live less than 1.5 miles from their schools to walk.
“They come here, and as you can see they don't stop back here, they stop right up here where kids are going to need to be crossing,” said Duke pointing to the busy crossing.
The crosswalk Stephanie is most concerned about at 13400 South 5000 West was poorly marked, and she says there will be no adult supervision and no crossing guard.
Riverton City clearly marked the crosswalk after ABC 4 started asking questions Monday, but before our report aired live at 4:00 p.m.
Stephanie says the crosswalk is not acceptable for her 9-year-old daughter.
It’s the same for other kids as young as 5 years old, who will have to cross the street on their own, unless parents help out.
“I think its ridiculous,” said Duke. “This is not safe. I wouldn't send my 12-year-old to cross this street by herself.”
A technicality is requiring the students to walk almost two miles.
A new access road was built in the area, and the new street does not have a sidewalk so the kids can't use the road the very road responsible for taking away their bus route. That means students have to go out of their way and through crosswalks that are not attended.
Making matters worse is the fact that Riverton City did not find out about the new road until it was too late to budget for more crossing guards.
Parents say two miles is too far for elementary students to walk to school.
“It's absolutely frightening for me to think she will be out there walking both ways during snow storms, icy roads, rain conditions,” added Stephanie’s mother Virginia Duke.
Riverton's mayor Bill Applegarth said he would personally come to the crosswalk himself to watch the kids pass and also promised to do any reasonable thing to keep kids safe.
In the meantime, the only other recourse for parents have is to pressure lawmakers into coming up with a better solution.