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May 30, 2014

Troup ISD approves improving driveway at high school

TROUP — Navigating the entry of Troup High School campus will be much easier this fall, thanks to school board members, who voted Wednesday to kick off a project calling for improving the driveway.

TISD Director of Support Services Dewayne Brown said the multi-faceted project – with a maximum price tag of $587,269 – calls for a wider, straighter driveway, a canopy for the front entry of the high school and added parking spaces.

Plus, we'll have to do a little drainage work on the lot,” he said.

During the Christmas break, officials implemented a new, more efficient route that navigated buses onto campus that loaded and unloaded students in front of the high school.

This “trial run helped relieve some of the traffic congestion especially at the middle school and helped traffic flow smoothly out of the student parking lot,” Brown said, describing the two schools as “pretty close together.”

Before then, the congestion of bus and passenger vehicle traffic created problems, he said.

The new concrete driveway will be located in roughly the same area, while the canopy will extend over the main entry of the high school. Additional parking will be added to the faculty lot, and when completed, will hold about 120 vehicles, and an asphalt bus path will be replaced with concrete, Brown said.

WRL Contractors of Flint are overseeing the project, which is expected to kick off next week after school is let out and teachers have completed their work on campus, he said.

The campus was built in 1982, so contractors will update everything to meet current ADA standard, Brown added.

Meanwhile, trustees did not take action on an agenda item that called for the repair of the elementary school dining room, which Brown said is experiencing “some structural failure.”

Instead, they will consider action during the June board meeting.

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