Plan to ease school gridlock in Wake Forest

August 13, 2010 2:56:55 PM PDT
Dropping his children off at school is frustrating for Sam Boone every morning.

He's one of hundreds of parents who brave the gridlock around Forestville and Rogers roads in Wake Forest. The area is home to several schools including Heritage Elementary, Heritage Middle, and the soon to open Heritage High School.

"This whole process takes me at least 45 minutes to an hour," said Boone. "Traffic is terrible. Basically, the two schools start at the same time."

The problem is so bad that some parents drop students off on Rogers Road to avoid being trapped on the school property.

But while it's bad, some parents don't want to see school start times change.

"It's a headache, but we like the time of the school starts," offered parent Allison Keith.

Heritage High will start classes in a few weeks with 9th and 10th graders, but they will start an hour earlier.

Construction in the area is adding to the gridlock because it closed a road, but school leaders say they have a plan to make things better.

"We met with the Town of Wake Forest, police, officials from Wake County Schools, our transportation department administration to try to come up with some temporary solutions," said Heritage Elementary principal George Risinger. "The main point is to get more cars off Rogers Road in the afternoon and change the traffic pattern of how they line up in the afternoon."

Parents will get a letter next week laying out the traffic pattern changes. They will go into effect at the end of the month.

It's not a moment too soon for parents like Sam Boone.

"I hope it works. I hope so, so I can get the kids to school on time," he said.

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