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Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 6:43pm
El Paso, TX (KDBC) — As parents brace themselves for the rush of a new school year, Upper Valley residents are also preparing for the big construction project that will tie up traffic near two El Paso schools.
Country Club Road is about to undergo some serious construction.
"We do know that it will impact our school,” Haidi Appel, the Principal with Mitzi Bond Elementary said. She has been working to inform parents. "I know that the district's transportation department is also looking at the alternate routes to be able to make sure the children get to school on time."
Community meetings have been held but that hasn't completely quelled parents worries. "I think the City could have planned it earlier then it wouldn't impact the school schedule,” Norberto Flores, a parent explained.
Starting Monday, Sundt construction will be surveying the area for about 30 days."It will be a lot of measuring, a lot of making sure things fit,” Fred Stone, the Regional Manager for Sundt Construction told us.
But then, the two lane road will be dwindled down to just one lane for all traffic. Meaning an early morning headache for some parents - since the road is used by most parents to reach the school. "We're just going to have to take more time in the morning. Get up earlier, get out the door a little bit earlier,” Flores said.
And it's not just parents that are going to be coping with the big mess here on Country Club Road, so will educators. "Of course we will provide some flexibility in the mornings in terms of the students not necessarily tardy,” Appel explained. This isn't the first time the school has had to deal with major construction. "We've survived two other street fixes so we will survive this one as well."
Parents said they will adjust accordingly. "And of course, going through the construction zone be a lot more careful,” Flores told us.
Because in 18 months, Country Club Road will be widened to four lanes. Sundt Construction Company said they are working with the City of El Paso to plan out the next community meeting. Nearby Lindbergh Elementary School will also be affected by the project.