Students at Junction City and Perryville elementary schools may be enjoying summer vacation but crews are hard at work to complete construction projects designed to making dropping off and picking up students safer and smoother at both schools.
The work under way at both schools is similar and meant to ease long-standing traffic flow and parking problems. When the jobs are finished, the new traffic patterns will separate buses from other vehicles and help alleviate the congestion that creates mini traffic jams at the schools every morning and afternoon.
"When we get done it will be a smoother, whole lot better set up," said Randall Stevens, construction foreman for The Allen Co. of Winchester, which is doing both jobs simultaneously. "They really needed it bad."
At Perryville, work began two weeks ago and the front of the school is a full-fledged construction zone, with dozers, dump trucks, graders and rollers constantly in motion. A new road to the south side of the school will allow buses to unload kids near the cafeteria and circle back out. The existing loop in front of the school is being repaved and will be used by parents who drop off and pick up their children. The existing parking lot in front of the school is being expanded to make room for additional visitor parking and new lighting will be installed.