SMS Traffic Concerns

posted Jan 15, 2016, 11:00 AM by Jeanette Godfrey

On this dark rainy and foggy mornings lately, we have had issues, some of them involving near misses with students.  The main problem revolves around the Middle School driveway. 

      No Left Turn:  During peak traffic times, 7:00 – 8:30 a.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m. there is no left turn from the SMS driveway.  To turn left, please drive past the tennis courts through the Hopkins parking lot and use the left turn lane at that driveway.  When parents try to turn left from the SMS driveway, it backs up school traffic and overflows on to Sherwood Blvd. holding up other traffic that is not school related.

      When Making a Right Turn:  On the mornings when visibility is an issue, we have had a few near misses with students.  It appears that drivers making a right turn are focused on the traffic coming from their left and fail to notice students on their right crossing or about to cross the driveway. 

      Thank you for helping us to help keep our students safe on their way to or from school!