Traffic project underway for Amelia schools

August 16th, 2012    Author: Kristin Bednarski    Filed Under: News

Ted Bare, left, John Bevis, center, and Mike Ohmer, right, with West Side Paving and Excavating, work to construct a sidewalk outside of Amelia Elementary School that is part of a new bus loop that will help solve traffic problems.

West Clermont Local School District officials are hoping to clear up some of the traffic and congestion near Amelia middle and high schools this year with several projects and changes.

Ed Dyer, director of operations for the district, said they are changing the bus loop at the school to improve traffic and are working with Batavia Township and county officials to construct a gravel walking path for students who live nearby.

“We had major safety issues with traffic on Clough Pike,” Dyer said. “It became a difficult situation out there.”

Dyer said officials in the district met with the sheriff’s office and Batavia Township to look for solutions to the problem and also hired an engineer to work on a plan to correct traffic issues.

“We are creating another bus loop for safety reasons,” Dyer said.

Dyer said they are currently working on building the new bus loop to get some of the bus traffic away from the car traffic at the middle and high school.

“The buses will come in a different direction, which will change the pattern for the cars,” Dyer said.

He said construction crews are working to remove fences, install blacktop and sidewalks for the new bus loop, which the district will begin using this school year.

Dyer said funds for the project are coming from the district’s permanent improvement fund, and the project is important because the issue was raising so many safety concerns.

Dyer said they are also working on a project with Batavia Township and Clermont County to construct a gravel walking path for students who wish to walk to and from school.

Dyer said last year, students were walking through an easement into Buxton Meadows near the school, which became an issue with neighboring property owners because of the volume of foot traffic. He said the easement was closed because of the issues.

“There is nowhere else to walk,” Dyer said. “This is an attempt to give them a place to walk off of the road.”

Dyer said the project is being completed by the district, Batavia Township and Clermont County.

“We’re donating the land, Batavia Township is doing the grating and hauling of the gravel, Clermont County is providing the gravel and the district is assisting with the installation of the gravel,” Dyer said. “It’s quite the collaboration.”

Rex Parsons, Batavia Township administrator, said the township wanted to help with the project, and it is nice that the district, county and township can coordinate their assets to complete the walking path.

He said the path will run along Amelia-Olive Branch Road and provide access to Buxton Meadows and Thomaston Woods.

“That should give the kids a safe area to walk,” Parsons said.

Parsons said they hope to begin working on the nearly 400 foot gravel walking path this week. The area has already been cleared out and mowed.

Dyer said they will also be widening the drive out of the school complex to allow for a right turn lane for vehicles and will be putting a cross walk on Clough Pike that connects to the sidewalks.

“It’s all for the sake of safety,” Dyer said about the projects.

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One Response to “Traffic project underway for Amelia schools”

  1. Bethel Parent says:

    West Clermont should be ashamed of their poor planning in the way of school traffic. They purposefully caused traffic jams and endangered children’s lives by suspending the busing of students WHO LIVED 2 miles from their elementaries.

    Bethel also got rid of busing but DID NOT EXTEND it to include ELEMENTARY STUDENTS WHO LIVIED 1-2 MILES FROM SCHOOL. Wonder why?

    West Clermont do you think you have endangered the students so that your parents will be forced into passing a HUGE TAX LEVY????

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