School board announces new traffic plan for Lebanon HS - WKRN News 2

School board announces new traffic plan for Lebanon High School

Posted: Updated: July 24, 2013 10:46 PM
LEBANON, Tenn. -

Heavy traffic around Lebanon High School has been a big issue and safety concern since the school opened in 2012, often causing students to be tardy.

Several parents have complained about heavy traffic flow problems around the school's entrance on Blue Devil Boulevard, the only road leading to and from campus. 

Michelle Chandler, former Lebanon High School student, told Nashville's News 2 that the traffic was pretty bad.

"I had to wait in traffic for 35 minutes, backed up to a constant stop," she said.

Chandler added that without traffic, it would've taken her only 10 minutes.

During a meeting Wednesday, the school board unveiled a new traffic plan hoping to put the matter to rest.

Traffic flow will be redirected counter clockwise and entry into the school has been increased from one to two lanes.

Director of Wilson County schools, Tim Setterlund, said the changes should help, but parents and students should still leave early the first week of school, as everyone adjusts to the changes.

"The first week of school, leave a little early. Follow the direction of the police and staff we have. We'll be out directing traffic the first week so everyone can learn the routine. It's going to be pretty simple for everyone and should flow smoothly," he explained.

The school board also announced five schools where start times have been moved up by 30 minutes.

According to Setterlund, the five schools with early start times include the two Watertown schools, Carroll-Oakland, Tuckers Crossroads, and Lebanon High School.

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