Mix of construction and traffic creates back to school nightmare in Columbus

Mix of construction and traffic creates back to school nightmare in Columbus

With the first day of school comes school traffic. More buses, cars and pedestrians traveling around town.

Columbus police are reminding people congestion is expected for at least the first two weeks of the new school year, but for areas with heavy construction, it is causing even more delays, and concerns for both parents, and drivers.

“I think it is very hazardous. I think it is hazardous for the kids walking to school. I also think it’s hazardous for the cars coming by," said parent at Wynnton Arts Academy, Melanie Scarborough.

Melanie Scarborough says the mix of construction and back to school traffic is not only frustrating, but dangerous at Wynnton Arts Academy.

The school is located directly in the middle of a construction project that will add sidewalks, curbs, pedestrian lights and landscaping to the road, once complete.

Wednesday morning, the lines continuing into the street, and at times traffic reportedly at a stand still.

"The only answer we get from someone is it's going to be great when it's done, but it's not done, and now school is starting again," said another parent, Cindy Marr.

"Something needs to be done. I'm glad the sidewalk is there for the children, makes it a lot safer, but as far as the construction, it needs to be done," said Scarborough.

Just a mile away, Boxwood Boulevard another area concerning to parents. The busy area closed after months of repair.."

"Buses got to schedule route and times., and with this road being closed, they going out of the way. Put the buses behind, and kids late to school," said Bobby Long.

With almost 60 schools in the district, Columbus police are reminding drivers to prepare for delays, and unavoidable traffic.
They are also recommending drivers to leave early or find alternate routes.
The City Engineering Department say they are working overtime to complete incomplete projects.

"It's not an ideal situation," said Carr.

The bridge project along Boxwood Boulevard is reportedly complete, with finishing touches being added. The road may be closed temporarily throughout the day to finish work.

The project on Wynnton Road is expected to continue throughout the month.

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