Construction is well under way on the Chandler Street Improvement project, which will see changes to the school traffic routes through until the end of January 2020. The improvements will update the heavily used Chandler St portion between Woodlawn St and Leach St, which means that the Chandler Elementary School drop off/pick up route has changed.
“There will be plenty of directional signs, as well as City of Kilgore employees and KPD officers to help with the flow of traffic in this already congested area at drop off and pick up ,” explains Clay Evers, Director of Public Works. “We recommend if you have children at the Primary or Middle school to drop them off first and then drop off children at the Elementary school. For parents with children at the Primary or Middle schools and at the Intermediate school, the best route is to go back out on to Hwy 259 to Dudley Rd and the south on Whipporwill Ln.”
The new route will see Chandler Elementary School traffic proceed east on Leach St, turn left on to Birch Ln, right on to Amanda Ln, through to Penny Ln and then right on to Amanda Ln to the drop off/pick up point. Chandler Street will be one way only, north bound and the portion of Chandler St between Leach and Amanda Ln will be for residents who reside in that block and KISD school buses only. School traffic will only be able to turn right on to Chandler St when leaving the Elementary School. Please refer to the school traffic map or visit the project page on the City of Kilgore website: www.CityOfKilgore.com/408/Current-Projects
The $1.15 million project will replace and relocate the utilities within the project area, reconstruct curb and gutter, and reconstruct asphalt roadway with reinforced concrete pavement that has been widened to match the northern concrete section. This extensive City of Kilgore project will see 1,700 feet of asphalt road replaced with new concrete, and the installation of 1,800 feet of new water lines and 700 feet of new sewer mains.
“This is a long project and we ask the parents and KISD staff to be patient with us as we make these significant improvements. What we’re doing now will last for decades to come, it will be painful for the first few weeks but people will get use to the new routes,” said City Manager Josh Selleck.
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