School bus routes through construction zones

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – You’ve probably driven through the construction zones on U.S. 41 in Terre Haute. And after doing it a few times you may have considered changing routes.

Franklin Fennell, the head of transportation at Vigo County Schools says with school starting tomorrow they plan to do just that.

“We just wanted to try to avoid the area on south 41. We just redirected some routes, changed the routes of some busses. It’ll add a little bit of time but it’s really not an inconvenience,” he said.

And what about those heading to school on their own?

“You’re just going to have to provide extra time if you’re coming to school using 41. Whether it is a student or parent, or a staff member. As we all know if we’ve been down that area, it’s a little congested. So, if you just add a little time or adjust your route to accommodate I think it’ll work out,” Fennell said.

If things do go wrong, law enforcement says they’re prepared to handle it.

“There will be added traffic out there in the morning and tomorrow afternoon with not only the busses but with extra kids that will be driving. We’ve got a whole new group of sophomores who now have their licenses, first time drivers, a lot of them. So we really want people to pay attention and be really careful,” Chief Deputy Clark Cottom said.

Officials recommend using alternative by passes if possible. Still, they’re adding seven additional cars on duty tomorrow due to the start of school.

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