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Back to School Traffic Flows Smoothly Despite Construction on 20th

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     The first day of school means facing traffic for many Joplin parents.
Drivers turning into the Joplin high school drive use simple courtesy on the first day of school, taking turns.

Crystal Hailey said, "I know I had traffic coming from the other direction. They turned. I let them in and I noticed they were pretty good about letting people in.  Not fighting over who gets to go next."

Phillip Willis dropped of his son and said, "At first, when I seen all the vehicles, I was oh no! Not again!  But it went smooth, in and out.”

With construction continuing on the overpass on 20th street,
the traffic light is timed faster to keep cars moving and more traffic came from the south. While Indiana Avenue backed up past 24th Street, parents say it was much better than last year.  
Willis explained, "Last year was really congested. Nobody really,  kind of knew where they were going."

The school district safety director credits some parents for arriving early.
Jim Hounschell said, "That helped a lot. It spread it out  over a longer time period instead of everybody coming all at once"
Crystal Hailey said, "We only left about fifteen minutes early and hoped for the best." And she said it was just a little crazy.


Some student drivers avoid the front entrance completely parking on a lot behind school on Grand street but it requires a permit.
Those according to senior Anna Graves cost, "Twenty dollars a pass."
So Graves parks on Grand street. She said it’s faster at the end of the day than parking in  the front.
Graves said, "It can take up to twenty-five minutes. And sometimes,  if I need to get somewhere at four o’clock, then that’s just not the best choice."
Future  construction work on 20th street will open another drive on the north side of the school.
Hounschell said that will be a good thing. He said,  "The more exits you have, the fewer cars you have trying to go out the same spot. You know that’s gonna help."

      The time line for 20th street and new exit work is not clear but it could be several years.
     The overpass construction is supposed to be complete by august 27th.

   

 

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