Traffic Congestion Causing Headaches at School
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CREATED Sep. 6, 2013
TOWN OF ALGOMA -- Traffic congestion problems are making dropping off and picking up students at Oakwood Elementary school in Algoma a headache for parents, drivers and neighbors.
The small area around the school has been so backed-up this week, Winnebago County Sheriff's Deputies have been directing traffic.
Now the school is announcing some changes to stop the problem.
There are no sidewalks, and narrow roads, leaving cars backed up.
“You need to go anywhere, you either leave 10 minutes early, or 10 to 20 minutes late,” said Chris Folske, who lives across the street from the school. “It's kind of hectic at the intersection.”
The school is one of the largest elementary schools in the District, with 300 cars and nine buses dropping off and picking up.
“If I see it building up, I’ll just take a little side street and go around,” said Michael Savrsnik, a neighbor.
The superintendent, Stan Mack, said starting school earlier has compounded the congestion.
“More parents are driving the children to school,” he said.
The parents are trying to avoid putting their children on the bus earlier in the morning. Changing start times saved the school $250,000-$275,000 a year, according to Mack.
But, with the traffic problems, the District is making some changes. They released a letter and a map changing drop off zones.
Buses will now go where cars used to, and parents will drop off in the back, attempting to alleviate wait times.
“We can handle 30 to 40 cars in a circular fashion,” said Mack.
This new plan will go into effect on Tuesday.