Today is Thursday, August 17, 2017

No plan in place for traffic at LHS season-opener

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The crossing of incoming students clashed with outgoing drop off at a narrow two-lane gate guarding the entrance of the school property.

Its obvious to me architects and school officials badly underestimated the traffic flow at the new LHS.

Theyve said the problem wasnt this bad at the old school across town.

Of course it wasnt! Traffic came and went from four different directions.

Now theres only one point on ingress and egress from the new campus.

Do the math. There are more than 200 additional souls going to and coming from the new campus on a daily basis than there were at the old building. There are now three less points of entry and exit. The numbers just dont work out.

If they cant get 1,700 people in and out in a timely fashion during regular school hours, what in the world is traffic going to be like Friday, Aug. 24, when Lebanon hosts the first varsity football game at Watkins Stadium / Tribble Field?

I estimate that between 3,500 - 4,000 fans will attempt to get in their seats before a 7 p.m. kick off as the Blue Devils host Franklin County.

According to David Burton, safety director for Wilson County Schools, school leaders do not have a definite plan in place on how to route traffic for LHS athletic events, but said they will see how things go for the first football game and make adjustments.

Decisions on big game nights for football or any sporting event havent been made yet, Burton said.

Burton said while the traffic will be heavier for sporting events, the arrival will be more drawn out compared to early morning traffic before school.

Itll be a staged arrival, not like the morning when everyone is getting there at the exact same time, he said.

I beg to differ.

On Aug. 24, the game will kick off at 7 p.m. regardless of how many people are stuck in traffic on Blue Devil Boulevard.

My thoughts for the Lebanon faithful arrive early and tailgate. And dont expect to leave campus as soon as the game is over.

To school officials and traffic engineers, the clock is ticking.

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