School district abandons Sullivan St. plans

Members of the Ripon Area School Board struck a divisive tone at times Monday, complaining about the ongoing push-pull with the city of Ripon regarding proposed traffic improvements near the high school.

Specifically, this is in regard to traffic on East Sullivan and St. Wenceslaus streets. The intersection where they meet likely will become significantly busier with the addition of the new driveway for the combined school.

School and city officials have been trying to reach a consensus about possibly reconfiguring that intersection and the traffic flow.

After 45 minutes of discussion Monday, the board agreed that leaving the intersection alone may be the most agreeable, cost-effective solution for now — as long as city leaders agree to revert St. Wenceslaus to the two-way street it once was.

This means that although the new school driveway will still be built, the school would no longer ask to abandon the south side of East Sullivan or square up the intersection, based on a dominant “show of hands” from School Board members.

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