Traffic patterns to change by school

WINTERSVILLE — Construction at the Wintersville campus will lead to changes in the traffic pattern at Wintersville Elementary School, officials have announced.

The new pattern will be enforced until the new high school is completed around 2021.

Indian Creek Local School District Assistant Superintendent John Belt said the current route has already been affected by the turf replacement at Kettlewell Stadium and will remain so for the duration of the school construction project.

Currently, the track, parking lot and loop around the service road are closed and a safety fence will block the road until the construction is completed.

Belt said the district discussed the alternate route with village Police Chief Art Fowler Jr. to ensure the safety of motorists and students.

“The access road that parents have followed is currently blocked by the construction at the stadium and when we break ground in March (for the new high school) the access loop will be blocked,” he said. “We’re putting a traffic pattern in place and I am going over it with Fowler. We will include details in our newsletter, social media and other means to get it into the hands of the public.”

Under the new route, motorists will travel to the rear of the building on the the road that previously had been used as the exit for pick-ups. The road is located on the right before reaching the elementary school.

Motorists will circle a parking area next to the access road behind the school and loop back behind the school lining up next to the building. Drivers then will exit on the same road at Park Drive.

Buses are not affected and will continue to deliver and collect student passengers in front of the school.

Drop-off time for non-bus riders is 8:20 a.m. and dismissals will be held between 3 p.m. and 3:20 p.m. with two of the preschool classes exiting at the front of the building and the remaining three classes leaving at the rear of the school. The other grades depart at 3:30 p.m.

Belt urged the public’s patience and said it will be much better in the long run.

“The next two years is going to be inconvenient for everyone and people need to realize there are going to be growing pains, but the end result is something everyone’s going to be proud of,” he explained.