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Aug 23, 2013 5:17 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

6 Investigates: Tree Blocking School Zone Sign

CORPUS CHRISTI - A viewer contacted 6 News to tell us about a potentially dangerous situation near a southside elementary school.

A school zone speed limit sign right by campus is covered up by a tree.

Driving towards Club Estates Elementary, you can barely see the school zone speed limit sign on the right side of the street.

The tree covers up most of it, and when you do see it, you're pretty much right on top of it.

We asked people in the neighborhood what they thought as they drove by.

"I didn't notice it. Maybe if it was a little more obvious I would have," one man said.

"I think they should cut some of the limbs off, don't you think?" another woman added.

Maria Dunne lives right by the sign and says speeding is already an issue in the neighborhood, and that drivers don't respect the sign. It's even worse if they can't see it.

"You know, we're only looking at some type of fatality, hopefully not, but some type of casualty, something of that sort. That could happen absolutely," she says.

She added that it's been like that for over a year.

So we asked the city's traffic engineering department who's responsible for the tree and it's obstruction.

They told us they couldn't confirm whether or not the problem had been assessed, but they did tell us that typically, the homeowner will be sent a letter and asked to trim the tree under penalty of fine if they don't.

But the city couldn't confirm if the letter had been sent or not.

Bottom line is with school starting next week, why hasn't anything been done?

"You would have thought somebody would have done something by now," Dunne says.

We tried to knock on the homeowners door, but no one answered.

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