OAKMAN — School Street in Oakman will become a one-way during drop off and release times at Oakman Middle and Oakman High schools, starting Monday.The Oakman Town Council approved a plan Thursday …
OAKMAN — School Street in Oakman will become a one-way during drop off and release times at Oakman Middle and Oakman High schools, starting Monday.
The Oakman Town Council approved a plan Thursday night that they hope will relieve congested school traffic.
Oakman Police Chief Ken Marbury explained that from the hours of 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. and 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. School Street will become a one-way street. The design of the Oakman schools' campus allows for parents to enter Oakman High School off Highway 69 to drop off their older children; however, the elementary and middle school's over 700 students must be dropped off by parents entering School Street.
Marbury explained the routes parents on School Street can take during the specified one-way traffic times.
"The outgoing traffic will travel back through Coal Valley Road to get back into downtown, and the traffic heading towards Jasper can cut through McLaughlin Mill Road during those times," Marbury said. "We are asking the parents and citizens that are traveling through to understand there is going to be some traffic, but we will work to keep traffic flowing."
Traffic on Highway 69 will flow as usual.
Oakman High School Principal Patrick Gann said he hopes the new plan will be more convenient for parents.
"It should be quicker. You're not having traffic going both directions, and you're not going to have stopping and going. It's just going to be one continuous flow," Gann said.
Oakman Mayor Cory Franks said if the plan does not alleviate traffic congestion, they will go back to the drawing board.
"We'll continue to try to do what's safe and most efficient for everyone," Franks said.
Principals will be calling parents to alert them of the change.