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New LHS traffic plan unveiled

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According to Hall, one of the plans authors, the plan involves both the restriping of Blue Devil Boulevard to allow two lanes in and one lane out, and a change in school start time.We are changing the entrance to have two lanes in on Blue Devil Boulevard. Once you come to the gate the two lanes will still be available, going counterclockwise, Hall explained. After coming around the corner of the building there will be designated spots for student drop-off/pickup, bus drop-off and student parking. Parents will be in one lane dropping off students at the pedestrian bridge near the athletic complex. The parents will then exit on Blue Devil Boulevard out to South Hartmann Drive where they can get home or to work, Hall said.Setterlund added that the two lanes in of traffic was the most obvious benefit.It allows us to stack traffic on campus rather than out on the street, he said. We think that separating the bus drop-off from the parent drop-off is safer. There will also be a crossing guard out there to help students get across the traffic and into the building.According to April statistics, about 900 cars enter the schools campus each day. Hall said traffic concerns are lessened in the afternoon, since about 300 to 400 cars stay on campus when school lets out for the day due to extracurricular activities.The restriping of Blue Devil Drive will begin Thursday and Hall said paving improvements will be completed by Sunday afternoon.


These plans were reviewed by the City of Lebanon Engineering Department, Hall said. Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen is also in favor of the plan. I am just glad we could all come together and work it out, he said.The second part of the plan is to change school start time. Lebanon Highs start time will be moved from 7:50 a.m. to 7:20 a.m. The school will let out at 2:20 p.m.Several other schools will also experience a time change, Hall added.Carroll Oakland Elementary and Tuckers Crossroads Elementary will now begin at 7:45 a.m. instead of 8 a.m. Watertown Elementary and Watertown High School will start at 7:20 a.m.Those are the schools that feed Lebanon High School. There are students who come here for career technical classes, Hall said. The new traffic plan and school start times will be effective beginning Thursday, Aug. 1, the first day of classes. Hall said any parents with questions could go online to www.wcsschools.com and search under the Campus Traffic Flow tab to see the plan.Students who bus to school will have varied pickup times as well. Bus pickup/drop-off times can be found online at www.wcsschools.com.Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.

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