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Traffic patterns being altered at Indian Creek campus

WINTERSVILLE — The traffic pattern will be altered at the Indian Creek High School campus in Wintersville as construction continues over the summer.

Assistant Superintendent John Belt said changes will begin on June 1 and traffic will be rerouted to accommodate construction trucks and public vehicles.

“Due to our summer construction schedule, we will need to once again change traffic patterns on the high school campus. Starting June 1, Park Drive will become two-way traffic,” Belt explained. “The entrance by Snyder Tire will be used as an entrance and exit for construction vehicles only and the traditional exit near the bus garage will be two-way for all non-construction traffic.”

He apologized for any inconvenience and said the adjustment was made with safety in mind.

The move will accommodate work done following the demolition of the Buchanan building, which most recently housed Wintersville Elementary, and the former Indian Creek High School. Razing is under way at the Buchanan site with Belt saying the interior of the structure was coming down, plus staging was set to begin at the high school with the gym being razed first. Bricks will be made available to the public to keep a piece of local history. They are free and will be piled near the construction zone and collection will be first-come, first-served.

He said both structures should be cleared by June and plans are to extend a detention pond onto the Buchanan location to meet environmental guidelines and to reuse the former high school spot as a parking lot and grass activity field. The demolition project is being completed by Eslich Wrecking Co. of Louisville, Ohio, and costs are included in the district’s school construction project for Cross Creek Elementary, the new ICHS and renovations at Hills Elementary.

Additionally, the former music building will undergo renovations to become an athletic annex complete with a wrestling room and weight room. Hammond Construction, the firm involved with the school construction projects, is overseeing the project and the facility will include weightlifting equipment acquired with a $50,000 grant from the Charles M. and Thelma M. Pugliese Charitable Foundation.

Officials anticipate the projects to be finished in time for the return of students in August.

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