Air­port Road an is­sue for Flint Hill par­ents, re­pairs could cost $14,000

The Covington News - - LOCAL - BRYAN FAZIO bfazio@cov­news.com

Many par­ents of New­ton County School Sys­tem stu­dents have made ex­pressed con­cern over traf­fic prob­lems caused by a por­tion of Air­port Road be­ing closed.

The road has been off lim­its to driv­ers since Sun­day when heavy rains flooded the area.

At Tues­day’s BOC meet­ing, Chair­man Keith El­lis said heavy rains flooded the dry creek bed at Air­port Road, prov­ing too much for the ex­ist­ing pipes. El­lis said the pipes would be re­placed for about $14,000.

The road doesn’t have any vis­i­ble pot­holes or other haz­ards but flood wa­ters eroded what would be un­der the pave­ment.

In or­der to help al­le­vi­ate the traf­fic sit­u­a­tion, New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice deputies are as­sist­ing with the high vol­ume of traf­fic for Flint Hill El­e­men­tary School par­ents.

“That will help al­le­vi­ate the sit­u­a­tion some­what; how­ever, traf­fic is still ex­pected to back up con­sid­er­ably,” New­ton County School Sys­tem Direc­tor of Public Re­la­tions Sherri Davis-Viniard said. “Es­pe­cially dur­ing the morn­ing com­mute, as the road­ways in the im­me­di­ate vicin­ity will not only be full of school traf­fic but also daily work com­muters.”

El­lis said he hopes to see air­port road opened in the next two weeks.

In the mean­time, NCSS is en­cour­ag­ing par­ents of Flint Hill El­e­men­tary School stu­dents to leave early when driv­ing their chil­dren to school. Flint Hill opens at 7 a.m. each school morn­ing.

Viniard said school of­fi­cers re­port ma­jor traf­fic back­ups or de­lays near the school un­til af­ter 7:15 a.m.

“This is not some­thing that can be fixed or avoided, even with of­fi­cers con­duct­ing traf­fic,” Viniard said.

“The longer you wait the more traf­fic you will en­counter.”

Res­i­dents of the area of Flint Hill are also asked to use al­ter­nate routes that by­pass High­way 142 dur­ing pick up and drop off times.

The ma­jor­ity of traf­fic de­lays have been en­coun­tered dur­ing the morn­ing com­mute as road­ways are busy with both school and work traf­fic. De­lays in af­ter­noon traf­fic have not been as se­vere as the school dis­missal time does not co­in­cide with end-of­day work traf­fic.

Dar­rell Everidge / The Cov­ing­ton News

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