New Decatur High pick-up and drop-off plan announced due to streetscape

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt October 21, 2016

With McDonough Street reduced to two lanes during a streetscape project, the city has devised a new pick-up and drop-off plan for Decatur High.

Source: City of Decatur

Source: City of Decatur

“Buses will now drop off and pick up in the section of West Howard closest to N. McDonough, highlighted in the header image above,” a  press release from the city of  Decatur says. “Students may be picked up just beyond this section, parallel to the faculty parking lot or from the horseshoe-shaped lot on Commerce.”

The city provided additional information regarding pick-ups and drop-offs at the High School:

– Students may be dropped off before 8 a.m. on W. Howard on the section of the street parallel to the faculty parking lot. Please do not use Howard for student drop-off after 8. Doing so will interfere with our ability to get student drivers into the parking lot.

– Students may be dropped off in the horseshoe-shaped Commerce lot at any time during the morning.

– Students should not be dropped of on N. McDonough at any time. The front of the building will be nearly inaccessible from the street for the foreseeable future.

– Students should not be dropped off in the parking area at the corner of N. McDonough and W. Howard at any time.

– Cars may not be stopped in the bus lane adjacent to the trailers at any time for any reason between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. Cars parked or stopped in the bus lane will be subject to ticketing by DPD.

– Students may enter the building through the side of the cafeteria by walking from Commerce, through the Career Academy doors, or through the front doors.

Dismissal/Student Pick-up

– Students should not be picked up on N. McDonough at any time. The front of the building will be nearly inaccessible from the street for the foreseeable future.

– Students should not be picked up in the parking area at the corner of N. McDonough and W. Howard at any time.

– Cars may not be stopped in the bus lane adjacent to the trailers at any time for any reason between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Cars parked or stopped in the bus lane will be subject to ticketing by DPD.

– The student and Frasier Center parking exit onto Howard will be right turn only between 3:30 and 3:45 to ensure safe departures from Campus, as buses will be blocking sight lines.

The streetscape project, which includes improving the railroad crossings at the intersections of College and Howard avenues with Candler and McDonough streets, is expected to take 12 to 18 months.

North McDonough will be reduced to two lanes and its sidewalks will be widened. The city will install a two-way “cycle track” on the west side of the street, “along with traditional streetscape improvements and on-street parking.” There will also be “green infrastructure improvements” to the storm water system.

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