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Parents Concerned About Dangerous Crossing Near School

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FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS) – Every day before and after school, Kristin McCoy feels anxious and panicked.

“It’s dangerous and busy,” says McCoy who worries about drivers hitting her daughter and other kids crossing at Beach Street and Alta Vista near Eagle Ridge Elementary School in north Fort Worth.

“I’m frantic every morning when we walk to school,” explains McCoy about walking her five year old daughter.

Other parents drive the less than quarter of a mile just to make sure their kids cross safely.

“I’m scared my son wants to ride his bike to school. I’m like, I’m sorry I can’t,” explains Cheryl Brociek. “My fear is that a child is going to get hit.”

A year ago, parents were helping students cross.

They say the City of Fort Worth finally provided a crossing guard, and though he’s been a big help there’s still a problem.

“It’s quite dangerous,” says crossing guard Robert Ulrick. “They almost hit a little boy here.”

The kindergartener was trying to cross Beach on Wednesday when a SUV didn’t stop at the stop sign.

Ulrick himself has almost been hit several times.

“I had my back to them and there were kids coming across and the guy just pulled right through the back of me,” says Ulrick.

Parents say for years they’ve been pushing the city to widen Beach street at Alta Vista and add a light.

They say it would help with the cut through traffic in their neighborhood and make it easier for the students to cross.

A spokesperson with the city says there are plans to widen the streets, but that it’s just taken longer than expected because funding was a problem.

The city plans to widen the roads this summer.

“I don’t believe it, because we have been told for so long that it’s coming,” says McCoy.

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