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Central parents have traffic woes on first day of school

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 6:42pm

The first day of school was frustrating for parents hitting the carpool lanes in Central today.

While some drivers complain about not having enough road to handle the school year gridlock, city officials say there is a simple short-term solution to the city's traffic troubles.

David Barrow with the Central Mayor’s Office says there were “probably almost 200 vehicles backed up and obviously everything is not flowing well.”

And that's a concern! Barrow says the brand new roundabout at Sullivan and Gurney usually keeps traffic flowing in front of Central Intermediate.

“The roundabout works a lot better than a red light, I mean its free
flowintg. I mean you might have a delay of 5-10 seconds as compared to
a red light where you will have delays of 1, 2, 3 minutes,” Barrow told NBC33.

Drivers say getting through the Joor and Gurney red light can get annoying and the city wants to put a roundabout here too, eventually.

But the issue right now, is that too many cars are trying to get through both intersections right before school starts in the morning, and when it ends in the afternoon.

Buses could be the simple short term solution in central. There are plenty of them ready to pick up and drop off kids at all Central schools.

But barrow says not enough families are taking advantage of them,

“The kids need to ride the bus this is basically messing up all the traffic in central.”

According to Barrow it's a free ride, that could make the ride for the rest of central much smoother.

If you plan on putting your kids on the bus in central or any other school district: make sure they're at the bus stop this week, because bus drivers are learning their routes, right now.

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