Archive for Thursday, September 14, 2006

Construction to affect traffic near high school

September 14, 2006

Lansing school officials say construction of the high school auditorium soon will affect traffic around the school.

During a joint meeting of the Lansing School Board and Lansing City Council, Superintendent Randal Bagby said work had already begun on the district's new elementary school site on West Mary Street and construction at the high school auditorium would follow "about two weeks behind" the elementary school.

Work on the auditorium will bring changes for those driving to the Lansing schools campus.

Dale Bohannon, director of maintenance and capital improvement for the district, said Lion Lane would be closed initially on campus and traffic patterns would be altered for the duration of the project.

Construction is expected to reduce the number of parking spots at the high school by about 120 spots during the early phases of the project.

Board President Shelly Gowdy told council members she hoped the additional busing provided by the district this year had helped alleviate traffic congestion around construction areas.

John Young, director of public works for the city of Lansing, told city and board officials plans were moving ahead for the Bittersweet Street extension project from Lansing Middle School to the new elementary school.

The city issued a notice to proceed two weeks ago on the design of the street, Young said.

He said the city had a "very aggressive schedule" for the joint city-school board project with a bid opening projected by mid-May and completion of the street by Christmas 2007.

Lansing school district officials expect completion of the new elementary school by Dec. 10, 2007.

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