Starting Wednesday, there will be a change in the traffic flow at Gadsden City High School.
Principal Kevin Young said the only change will be at the main entrance to the school off Black Creek Parkway — where vehicles will go in, but will not be allowed to go back out from 7:15 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Young said the change came to improve traffic flow that had been slowed by the addition of more speed bumps in the school’s parking lot.
“We had some problems with cars going too fast in the parking lot,” he said, so more speed bumps were added in the parking lot to slow the cars down.
Slowing the vehicles down caused traffic to back up and snarl and, in some cases, for students to be late to class because they couldn’t get in and get parked as quickly as they’d been accustomed to.
To alleviate that problem, Young said, the school is changing the traffic flow at the main entrance only; the route and procedure for Gates 1 through 4 will remain the same, he said.
But at the entrance off Black Creek Parkway, for morning drop-off and drive-in, vehicles will come in that entrance, then branch off into three lanes. Drop-off traffic will be directed back out on South 11th Street, while student drivers will proceed to their parking spaces.
While school officials are making these changes to try to make traffic flow more efficiently at school, Young said parents and students also can help.
Students must be in school by 7:50 a.m. each day, Young said. If parents can get kids up, out of the house and headed to school a few minutes earlier, it will help to ensure that students are not only at school, but in their classes by the property time.
Anyone with questions about the change can contact Young at the high school, 256-543-3614.