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Plan approved for Highway 14 project after deadly crash

Published On: Apr 10 2013 09:56:11 AM CDT

BLACK EARTH, Wis. -

School district officials are getting behind a proposal to improve traffic safety in front of Wisconsin Heights School in Black Earth nearly a year after student teacher Katie Binning was killed when her car was hit head-on when she turned into the high school parking lot.

The Wisconsin Heights School Board is in favor of a Wisconsin Department of Transportation proposal to reconfigure the entrance at the school by having a designated left-hand turn lane. The lane would be separated by a concrete median for westbound traffic. The plan also calls for eliminating the current exit by returning the access point to an entrance and exit.

The plan was developed after a meeting of school and DOT officials in February.

Work on the project is expected to begin in 2014, a year earlier than previously thought. It will cost $1.8 million , which will be covered by the state.

In the meantime, there are plans to install more signs to alert motorists on Highway 14 that they are entering a school zone.

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