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Can slow school buses using River Road be re-routed to Carolina Beach Road?

Pressley Baird
StarNews

Q. Can the empty school buses that travel River Road each morning be rerouted to Carolina Beach Road (U.S. 421) so as to avoid causing the commuters who use that road from having to go 45 miles per hour? River Road posted speed limit is 55 MPH.

A. Bill Hance, New Hanover County Schools’ assistant superintendent for operations, said buses take River Road because it’s the most efficient route, and that saves taxpayers money.

“Although the River Road route is slightly longer geographically, the buses transit the route faster because there are fewer traffic lights, fewer left turns required, less traffic, and consequently less engine idling. Therefore, the engine run time is less, resulting in a more efficient and less costly route,” he said. “Altering the route to a less efficient and more costly route would prevent us from performing our fiduciary responsibility and being good stewards of public taxpayer dollars.”

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TONY PHILLIPS

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One Response to “ Can slow school buses using River Road be re-routed to Carolina Beach Road?”

  1. On April 13, 2014 at 8:40 am Tony Phillips wrote:

    Thank you for the answer but, on the day that I read in StarNews about the fatal accident on River Road involving an empty school bus and a commuter trying to pass it, I will remember that Bill Hance, New Hanover County Schools’ assistant superintendent for operations thought it was a good idea that saved money. Go out and follow these buses someday and see how dangerous it is to drive 45 MPH when people are trying to get to work on time. Look at the existing memorials already along the roadside while you’re at it.