A Plan for Daily Construction Congestion
Published: December 7, 2016
Lincoln School Families,
The construction on our addition is moving right along, in spite of the colder weather these past two weeks. As you drive by school or attend school functions, I'm sure that you notice the changes to our addition each day. I wanted to make you aware of a delivery of the precast walls for our gym, which will impact traffic and undoubtedly cause congestion (more!) on Nebraska Avenue next week.
On Monday, December 12th and Tuesday, December 13th, the precast wall panels for the gym will be delivered and the walls for the gym will begin to be erected. The panels are almost 12 feet wide and 39 feet long. These will be loaded on trucks and be delivered one truck at a time, 16 trucks in all. The trucks will be staged on Idlewood Street, near the pool. Once one truck unloads and then leaves, another truck will come north on Nebraska and enter the construction entrance (just south of Crestwood) to unload panels. This process will take approximately 2 days. At this point, we don't know the exact time that the drop off of the panels will begin on 12/12.
As this process is ongoing, there will be considerable congestion and traffic delays the construction entrance area and all along Nebraska Avenue. Drop off time in the morning and pick up time at the end of the day will be significantly impacted, along with AM kindergarten pick up and PM kindergarten drop off during the mid-day. By letting you know of these probable delays in this area, we are hoping to help you plan for some alternate routes/plans for the 12th and 13th.
Some ideas for helping to ease the congestion and delays:
-Alter your child's arrival time so that they arrive earlier on these two days. Supervision in the gym begins as early as 7:45 am.
-Consider carpooling with a neighbor or another Lincoln family to help minimize the number of cars coming to/from school on those two days.
-Arrange for an AM drop off and PM pick up location NORTH of Jefferson Street with your child. By dropping off/picking up there, you miss the congestion closer to the school. There is a crossing guard positioned at Nebraska and Jefferson to help with crossing from north of Jefferson Street.
-BE PATIENT. Know that this is taking place on these two days and that it could potentially add time to your morning commute.
On Thursday, December 22nd, steel joists for the gym will also be delivered. These joists are roughly 70 feet long. Fortunately, we will not be in school during that time of delivery, but I still wanted to make you aware of that delivery and the additional traffic on Nebraska Avenue.
As you read through this message, please don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions. As I said before, there will be a great deal of congestion...it can't be avoided! However, by having some alternate plans...and a little bit (ok...a lot!) of patience, we'll get through these two days and know that it's just a small inconvenience for a couple of days...on our way to our three new classrooms and brand new BIG gymnasium!
Thank you in advance for your patience...please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I appreciate you getting this message out to others (babysitters, grandparents, etc.) who might need to know this information.
Ms. Julie Albers