Wilmington traffic officials were on site this week looking at the situation, said Donald Bennett, city traffic engineer.
The field investigation took place “to make sure it isn’t an anomaly,” Bennett said.
“We’re working with the schools to try to minimize the number of cars they have waiting for children in the afternoon and therefore minimize the stacking and queuing,” he said.
City traffic officials examined traffic patterns near Holly Tree Elementary School three years ago.
“There was some stacking, but it was not extending out to Holly Tree Road,” Bennett said. “We’ve seen a trend in the last few years (where) we have an increasing amount of parents picking up and dropping off their kids. This is something we are working on with the schools.”
Bennett said if the city traffic division “confirms a symptom occurring on a regular basis, then we will see what is causing the symptom and we address the root cause, not the symptom.”
Holly Tree Elementary School also has seen increased enrollment in recent years, Bennett added, meaning there are more students to transport to and from school.
“There are a number of factors that go into this, none of which I can point my finger at and say that’s what caused it. It’s a combination of factors,” Bennett said. “We just continue to work with the schools and investigate it as best we can. We will work toward a solution and we will have to coordinate with the schools.”
Date posted: September 24, 2010
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