Director of Transportation, Michael Mentzel says road work and other obstacles can put strains on the efforts of transporting 15,000 students to and from school twice day. And when those obstacles arise, Mentzel says the school corporation turns to it's computer software to come up with the best solution.
“It is not as simple as just deciding to take a different route,” Mentzel said. “We have to often break up a route into multiple parts due to the closures, find alternate ways to get to destinations – sometimes even changing where the bus stops will be – and notify families and students’ teachers at their schools, so that students know where to be to get on and off the bus”, Mentzel says.
A good example of how construction can impact bus routes is the year-long road widening project taking place on Oak Hill Road from Pigeon Creek to Lynch Road. This work affects thousands of families who have children attending Vogel, North Jr. High and North High Schools. Here is the current schedule for that work through September:
Sept. 16-18: Paving of two lanes from Max Road to Lake Drive. Buses will be allowed through.
Sept. 19 after 9 a.m.: Lake Drive will open
Sept. 23: Capitol Boulevard will be closed for several weeks. Capitol to Ridgetop Drive will be completely closed because there will be a large hole in the road. Riders of Bus N87 will be divided, with some students traveling on Bus 201 and the rest on N87 until this phase of the road project is completed.
To access this, and other bus related information, you can visit www.evscschools.com/bus