Weather threatens Jeremy Ranch turnaround |

Weather threatens Jeremy Ranch turnaround

The turnaround at Jeremy Ranch Elementary School is scheduled to be finished before school starts. Credit: Grayson West

Construction for the new bus turnaround at Jeremy Ranch Elementary School was on track until it started raining.

Support Services Director Steve Oliver reported that much of it will still be complete in time for the start of school.

"The thing that could alter that is if this weather keeps up," he said. "They can’t do anything out there in this deluge."

As it sits now only about one-fifth of the asphalt has been poured, Oliver said they will resume with it come Tuesday or Wednesday of next week, putting them about a week behind schedule.

"Each lost day now is a major deal," he said.

On Friday Principal Michele Wallace reported crews were at work, and they appeared to pouring asphalt.

"I see it being finished by the 23rd," she said.

If the weather cooperates, the impact of losing some work time will be miner.

"It will be ready for buses and parking before the start of school … but there will probably be additional clean up items," he said noting that it will not interfere with classes.

The turnaround project started the last week of school. The new layout will improve efficiency, Oliver said.

"The old layout had children and buses and parent drop offs kind of commingling, it was just an awkward arrangement. This will provide complete separation of bus drop off from parent drop off," he said.

With the old turnaround buses had to park next to the curb at an angle and back out after dropping off children. With the completion of the construction buses will have a pull through lane so drivers can pull out on to Blue Bird Lane without having to back up.

"It should be a great improvement traffic and safety wise," he said.

The project has also created a separate parking area for teachers, opening up the main lot for more parent and visitor parking.

The playground has also been relocated to the back field, an improvement Wallace said she is pleased with because it keeps the children further away from traffic.

"What will happen is that it will make a difference to have our kids not on our side of the building so near Rasmussen and Blue Bird Lane," Wallace said.

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