Every morning, thousands of students, parents and teachers head to North High School.
But all those people only have two ways to get there.
Seniors Charlotte and Juliette Vick say, “Now there’s only two entrances into school and people are trying to exit out of the entrances as well.”
The twins say during the first week of school, kids were late to class because of the backups. School was even let out 10 minutes early to allow buses and cars to get out.
“It’s so bad in the morning,” Juliette says. “We have to leave extra early just to be on time to school it takes us like 20 minutes just from U.S. 41 to get to school because it’s so backed up.”
Parent Janice Folz says, “Peck road is closed so nobody can turn onto Inglefield Road and turn on Peck.”
Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding says Peck Rd. is closed for construction, so there are less ways in and out of the school.
Sheriff Wedding suggests drivers leave earlier than normal to avoid traffic or have your child take the bus so there are less cars on the road.
“We’re having maybe 15 minute traffic impediments here so it’s pretty minor on the grand scheme of things,” Wedding says. “We’re used to traffic moving pretty fluidly here so just be patient.”
But after the first week of school, drivers seem to have the hang of things, as traffic hasn’t been as congested this week.
“It hasn’t been too bad in the last few days,” Folz says. “It can be a little hectic but it’s not too bad you just have to get out a little bit earlier.”
Drivers will soon have the green light. Peck Rd. should open to traffic by the end of the week.
(This story was originally published August 14, 2018)