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Construction disrupts school's carpool lane

Starting Friday, a section of College Street, between Oglethorpe Street and College Place, will be closed for repaving and construction. It will close to traffic once Alexander Magnet School dismisses this Friday.

"The roundabout seems to go squarely in the middle of what's already a traffic pattern problem. I don't know if you've ever stood at the intersection during pick-up and drop-off time at Alexander II, but traffic gets backed up and caught in the intersection, " explains Allyson Moody.

That's why Bibb County, along with Mercer University and several other organizations, included the portion of College Street in an improvement project to bring new sidewalks, additional lighting and a roundabout at the intersection of College and Oglethorpe.

It's a project aimed at making the area safer and more walkable for children, but the construction will disrupt the drop-off and pick up traffic for Alexander II, which has some parents concerned.

"Normally about this time it's always like this until they start moving," says John Glover, who picks up his grandchildren at the school.

Next week, the route will be reversed. Instead of driving down Oglethorpe street and then turning into the school's parking lot, you'll have to come down College Place then turn into the parking lot. You'll then only be able to turn right onto Oglethorpe from the school's parking lot.

Allyson Moody, a parent at the school, says the change will bring some hiccups to the carpool lane. "My automatic door does only open on the right side so that will certainly change pick up and drop off," says Moody.

Annette Glawson, who picks up her grandchild at Alexander II frequently, says she hopes the change won't make traffic worse. "I hope it works out without us having a street light," says Glawson.

Beth McClellan, another parent, says "I think that we'll have to be more careful and hopefully there won't be anymore accidents or anything like that."

The detour will start the Monday, during Bibb County's spring break. The street closures and construction are expected to last several months.


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