Shortcut closed, forcing Kate Bell Elementary students to walk along busy street

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by Courtney Zubowski / 11 News

khou.com

Posted on August 23, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 23 at 12:55 PM

HOUSTON—What was once a shortcut is now a bridge to nowhere in southwest Houston.

School started on Monday at Kate Bell Elementary School in the Glenshire subdivision, but the children who hoped to avoid walking on busy W. Bellfort for most of their journey found a no-trespassing sign instead.

The Glenshire Homeowner’s Association has closed off the pedestrian bridge near Dorrance Road and Kensington Drive

"My biggest fear is that somebody’s kids are going to get hurt," said Glenshire resident Dell Ayres. "I would like them to take the gate down, take the chains away and take the no trespassing sign down."

HOA President Margaret Ellis said the chains and signs went up last week to cut back on crime. In the last couple of years, she said crime has increased in the neighborhood. The shutting off of the bridge is meant to deter criminals from getting in and out of Glenshire.

"I don’t like that it’s shut down, but in a way it does help us with the crime as far as bad guys coming into our neighborhood," said Glenshire resident Ismael Lopez. "If there is a way they can maybe lock it and unlock it you know, lock in the mornings, that’s the only thing I can see."

Ellis said HOA board members voted to approve the roughly $800 worth of work to shut down the bridge.

She added that she is open to discussion about having a crossing guard at the bridge before and after school, but no plans are in the works as of now.

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