A Butte neighborhood is considering changing the flow of traffic around an elementary school, saying it will improve safety for kids. Residents are worried the two-way traffic on Philips around Emerson Elementary is dangerous for kids crossing the street.
We're told that every day school is in session intersections around Emerson Elementary turn into what looks like a big-city traffic jam.
"One of these days it's going to be a real problem," said Connie Daily, a teacher at Emerson. Daily tells NBC Montana that she sees the chaos every day.
"You see some close encounters where kids just aren't paying attention and luckily the parents that are driving are paying attention,” added Daily.
Bob Tremis has worked as a bus driver in the area for the past five years and he agrees something needs to change.
"There's traffic, there's kids running back and forth across the street and I think it would be safer for everyone if it was one-way," said Tremis. "They should drive down it once and see how narrow it is when there's cars parked on both sides."
To help solve the problem City Commissioner Bud Walker has proposed converting the 1900-blocks of Garrison and Phillips into one-way streets.
Karen Bernier has lived on Phillips Street for more than 10 years. We asked Bernier what she thought of the plan.
"I think as far as safe passage for the kids it would be a good thing to have done," said Bernier.
For now drivers in the area will need to stay alert for kids and traffic.