DANVILLE — In order to mitigate traffic problems along Route 11, some of Danville Middle School’s students will be dropped off in a supervised area at West Mahoning Street, behind the school when classes begin on Aug. 26.
The students will then cross a footbridge in order to walk towards the middle school.
This information comes from press releases issued by both the borough of Danville and the school district.
In total, six busses will deliver students to the back of the school, according to the borough. There are about 15 to 17 busses that drive students to the building each day, according to school board president Allan Schappert.
Drop-offs will continue at West Mahoning Street until the renovations along Route 11 are finished, according to the borough. The construction is expected to finish at the end of October.
Local police will also be out to direct traffic near the Route 11 to the middle school, from Aug. 26 to Sept. 6, during the building’s opening and closing hours.
Vehicles sometimes try to hedge into Route 11’s reduced lane earlier than they should, said Schappert, which can fill up the lane very quickly. “If that lane fills up, it makes it twice as difficult for busses to get out,” Schappert said.
He reminded drivers that police officers will be ticketing in the area and that they should obey all signage.
A crosswalk on Route 11 in front of the school is currently closed to pedestrians.
The biggest message the school wanted to impart was for parents to allow their children to ride the busses. They’re safest on those big vehicles, it cuts down traffic considerably” to not have extra vehicles on the road, he said.
If parents need to drop off students, they can do so between 7:15 and 7:40 a.m., according to district’s release. School begins at 7:45. Parents should turn right as they enter the parking lot and follow the road behind the building to the drop off location at the cafeteria entrance. Parent pick up is at 3:14 p.m. Parents should drive behind the building and follow the road around to the auditorium entrance where parent pick up is located.
Students will be attending classes at the renovated Danville Middle School for the first time in almost two years, after the school was closed following flood damage from Tropical Storm Lee in Sept. 2011. The district has spent roughly $11.5 million restoring the school, about $10 million of which was paid for by the Federal and Pennsylvania management agencies.
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