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T.O. MULLS NEW ROAD TO CAMPUS; NEIGHBORS ASSAIL ADULT-SCHOOL TRAFFIC.

Byline: Teresa Jimenez Daily News Staff Writer

Area officials said they are trying to find a solution to the traffic concerns around Conejo Valley Adult School that will make everyone happy - a tough job to accomplish considering the options.

The city of Thousand Oaks has been working with the Conejo Valley Unified School District and the Conejo Recreation and Park District to provide better access to students who take day and night classes at the campus, off Waverly Heights Drive.

A group of residents on Waverly Heights has been complaining about the amount of traffic on the street, which has increased since the district switched the campus from an elementary school to an adult school, said City Councilman Andy Fox.

On Tuesday, the council will consider the possibility of putting in a new road through Waverly Park.

But while the option would help divert traffic to either Janss Road or Avenida de las Flores, two major thoroughfares, it also would send traffic through the park and eliminate a baseball field there, said Tex Ward, general manager for the park district.

``Our major concern is diverting all that traffic into a park setting,'' Ward said.

It's also an expensive solution, with the various options costing anywhere from $79,000 for a two-lane road with no shoulder leading to Avenida de las Flores, to $303,600 for a two-lane road with a shoulder leading to Janss Road, the staff report states.

``It's an option, an expensive option,'' Fox said. ``There are certainly a number of specifics that need to be addressed. I can say for certain that I don't think the city should pay for the whole thing out of its general fund.''

The school, tucked in a residential neighborhood, is bordered by Waverly Park and the Moorpark Freeway to the east and Moorpark Road to the west. Because of the location, officials are concerned that a new road could be used as an access road to the highway.

City officials have considered other options, including speed bumps along Waverly Heights Drive. Though the solution would reduce the number of cars using the street, it most likely would send drivers down neighboring streets, Fox said.

``Any action on Waverly could cause problems for others. I live near the neighborhood and my daughter plays with her friends outside,'' Fox said. ``We want to make sure we're not just moving the problem onto other streets. We need to be fair and equitable in finding a solution.''

Fox said the ideal solution would be for the Conejo school district to relocate the adult school, since the neighborhood was not designed for heavy traffic and residents never expected evening classes.

But district officials have said they do not have the money to build a new campus.

``It would be cost-prohibitive for them, and almost impossible, to build a new school,'' Fox said. ``It's unfortunate that there isn't any simple solution. In the future, maybe we'll find a more suitable solution.''
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