Dothan School Tries to Fix "Chaotic" Traffic Situation

By: Ryan Rodig Email
By: Ryan Rodig Email

Cars lined up and down Brannon Stand Road and bumper to bumper in the Highlands Elementary School parking lot Wednesday.

"Well it's definitely better today."

And that's all parents could ask for while picking their kids up from the second day of school at highlands elementary Thursday. Everyone involved the day before agreed in describing traffic near the Brannon Stand Bridge construction as chaotic.

Jennifer Kirkland is one of about 100 carpoolers at the school. She arrived extra early to avoid problems like the day before.

“Granted there were police out here directing traffic, but there was traffic going every which way. Not knowing because this is my son's first year out here and I think there were a lot of first timers out here yesterday."

By all accounts day two here at Highland Elementary was much better as far as traffic goes. Part of that is parents realizing what they have to do. The other is a new plan thought of by school administration.

"We are going to let the carpool kids leave at 2:30 which is 15 minutes before the bus students. That way we can get 15 minutes of leeway to try to eliminate some of the traffic out there. And the buses will still be able to turn in. So I think that will help, and we are going to do that until the bridge is complete."

To alert parents to the change, a note was sent home with every child.

Principle of Highland Elementary Vernell Paul says, "We had all the car riders out here right at 2:30, and the parents are coming through saying they didn't but I say it's ok because they have a note that your child has for you. I think this is excellent the traffic is not block so I am pleased."

And now all seems well as administrators practice what they preach: problem solving skills.

"That's exactly what it is everyday. You think you have something resolved and you have to go to plan B or C."

Paul says another way traffic could be eased is if more families took advantage of school bus rides. Another major concern for the city is traffic remained like Wednesday is that emergency vehicles could not get through if a situation presented itself.

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