According to the city’s website, Norfolk Southern Railroad has notified the city that its rehabilitation of the railroad overpass on North Lake Street would not be completed by Tuesday.
The Amherst Police Department and schools are working together to handle traffic control.
Lt. Mark Cawthon said traffic will be handled in the same way, by following the detours posted, but there will be an increased police presence while students are traveling to school.
“We’re going to have officers positioned at the intersections so we can direct traffic to schools,” he said.
Cawthon said police will be on hand if a traffic issue arises, but he warned that traffic could be backed up.
“We hope people understand that it is the first day of school and there will be delays,” he said.
Specific attention will be given to Amherst Junior High School and Harris Elementary School, with the goal of facilitating the movement of traffic in and out of the school parking lots and roadways, according to a press release from the police department.
All traffic has been barred at the construction site on North Lake Street from Milan Avenue to West Martin Street while Norfolk Southern Railroad, through its contractors, The Ruhlin Company, work on the overpass. Traffic has been detoured around the construction site, although the railroad remains in use.
Initially, Norfolk Southern told the city its project would be completed by July 31, but it pushed the date back to mid-August when the original scope of work had changed.
At the urging of Mayor David Taylor, who previously predicted traffic problems if the project was not completed by the start of school, Norfolk Southern Railroad’s engineer, Abbas Pourbohloul, told Taylor that the contractor was instructed to work overtime on Saturdays and Sundays to complete the project by Tuesday.
Norfolk Southern later notified the city that the project wouldn’t be completed in time, but Cawthon said Norfolk Southern hasn’t given police a definite deadline of when the project would be complete.
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Amherst Junior High School
School starts at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m.
Buses and parent drop offs: 7:05 to 7:30 a.m.
Pick up: 2:15 to 2:40 p.m.
ALL BUSES: Buses will enter from Milan Avenue and drop off students at front of building. The buses will then exit at Milan Avenue after students are dropped off.
School starts at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 3:45 p.m.
Buses and parent drop offs: 8:15 to 8:45 a.m.
Pick up: 3:30 to 4 p.m.
ALL BUSES: Buses entering Harris will enter from South Lake Street. The buses will then travel to the front of school to the access drive which connects Harris to Amherst Junior High. After dropping students off, the buses will exit via the Amherst Junior High School to Milan Avenue.
Intersections where police will be assigned:
Milan Avenue and N. Lake Street
Milan Avenue at the entrance to Amherst Junior High
The entrance to Harris at S. Lake Street
West Martin and N. Lake Street
Five Points intersection
North Main Street at West Martin