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Aug 26, 2013 5:11 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

6 Investigates Follow-up: School Zone Sign Covered Up

CORPUS CHRISTI - We have an update on a 6 News investigation into a potentially dangerous situation near a southside elementary school.

A school zone speed limit sign there is almost completely covered up by a tree.

And with school starting today, the principal of Club Estates Elementary is hoping something gets done.

Kay Bircher has been trying to get is resolved for a couple weeks. She called the city, who said they would have a traffic engineer assess the situation.

"We're very concerned for their (students) safety. And we can't slow drivers down if we can't make them aware that this is a school zone. You can't see the campus from that distance away. So, if you can't see the sign you wouldn't know that you're in a school zone," Bircher says.

We caught up with Charlotte Lewis Wishert, the traffic engineer who checked out the sign. She says something should get done very soon.

Many times, in cases like this, the homeowner is sent a letter asking them to trim the tree or get fined for not doing so.

But in this case, the whole tree would have to be removed. So, the owner has not been sent a letter.

"We're trying not to cause the removal of a tree," Wishert says.

So, they'll move the sign instead.

In the meantime, the school will try to have volunteers monitor that intersection in the mornings and afternoons when kids are coming to and from school.

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