Lebanon High School traffic plans will not see any changes for the upcoming school year, according to Deputy Director of Schools Mickey Hall.
Wilson County Schools officials introduced a new plan last year in an effort to improve traffic conditions around the school and Hartmann Pike, especially during morning rush-hour traffic.
Blue Devil Boulevard changed its entrance to have two lanes coming in on Blue Devil Boulevard from its intersection with Hartmann Drive.
Drivers coming in from south to north and turning left onto the property have a dedicated lane to get into. People coming north to south will have a dedicated lane as well, creating two lanes coming in on Blue Devil Boulevard all the way up to the building.
As drivers approach the building, the two lanes will still be available for everyone and will continue counter-clockwise around the building to a drop-off point at the commons area.
Markings on the road saying “students” or “parents” will indicate the way for parents to follow the loop to exit the school and students to go wherever their assigned parking spot is. The new traffic plan will eliminate the turn lane and make it an entry lane. The plan appeared to ease the woes from the opening year of the school.
“We had very few calls last year compared to the first,” said Lebanon police Chief Scott Bowen. “It’s still not perfect with only one entrance and exit to the school, but it seemed like the best things to do and seemed to work.”
“We want to get as many people as we can off Hartmann Pike. You have trucks and commercial trucks, and we don’t want traffic backed to Leeville Pike or West Main with three schools right there.”
Buses will run the same as normal and drop off in their usual drop-off spot. School start time remains at 7:20 a.m.