Removal of pedestrian bridge leads to new traffic rules at Science Hill High School

(WCYB Archive)

Johnson City Schools are making modifications for student arrivals and departures from Science Hill High School with the removal of a pedestrian bridge earlier this week that extended across John Exum Parkway.

The parking lot at Heritage Baptist Church will no longer serve as a drop-off or pick-up point for students, the system reported Friday.

The new regulations are as follows:

Morning drop-off

9th Grade at Topper Lane. Topper Lane will be “One Way” from 7:15- 7:45 a.m. on days when school is in session

10th Grade at Main Office/Library

11th-12th Grade at New Gym

Afternoon pick-up

9th Grade at Topper Lane. Topper Lane will be “One Way” from 2:30- 3:00 p.m. on days when school is in session.

10th Grade at Main Office/Library

11th-12th Grade at New Gym

Suggestions from JCPS on traffic flow:

1.For a.m. drop-off, highest traffic volume around Science Hill High School occurs between 7:20- 7:35 a.m. You can usually avoid most slowdowns in traffic by dropping your student off between 7:00 -7:20 a.m. Grand Topper Hall opens at 7:00 a.m. Students can get tutoring help, go to the Library, meet with their friends, work on homework, grab some breakfast, or just relax prior to going to class at 7:30.

2.We encourage you to use the drop-off areas noted by grade band (9th, 10th, & 11th/12th) previously identified. However, if you have students in different grades it is not necessary to drop off at separate points.

3.Use right turns when at all possible. Right turns minimize necessity to cross lanes of oncoming traffic and helps traffic move more smoothly.

4.Please make every effort to avoid arriving on campus prior to the 2:45 scheduled dismissal. This is especially important at 9th grade pick up at Topper Lane. Parking is limited and additional vehicles parked along the side of our roads and curbs tend to create additional slowdowns at dismissal as well as create an unsafe situation should emergency vehicles need to come on campus. .

5.Mass dismissal occurs at Science Hill from 2:45 until approximately 2:52. At that time all buses and most student drivers are leaving campus. By 2:55 most vehicle traffic has left campus. Picking your student up between 2:55- 3:00 p.m. at the designated areas will likely result in minimal wait times and a much easier exit from campus.

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