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Representatives of West Central High School's safe driving and highway improvement group 34VOICES recently addressed the Noon Lions Club of Burlington.
Speaking on behalf of the student organization were members Justin Allaman, Lauren Gerst, and Erin Bavery.
The group is seeking to make the public aware of the critical need to improve Highway 34 through Henderson County. That section of the highway is the only remaining 2-lane link between 4-lane sections in Burlington, Iowa, and Monmouth.
Several students have been involved in accidents on the busy highway.
Operation Teen Safe Driving is working with the group to promote and encourage safe driving by students and adults who enter and exit the school every day directly into the stream of vehicles on Highway 34. About 10,000 vehicles a day go past the high school campus' north entrance.
In addition to supporting safe driving, the group also seeks to promote the need for the state of Illinois to fund capital improvement projects such as upgrading the highway.
West Central student Lauren Gerst speaks to Burlington, IA Lions Club members along side Justin Allaman, and Erin Bavery urging them to join in the VOICES to help push for a safer 4-lane highway between Burlington, IA and Monmouth.