Published on August 11, 2022 at 2:45 p.m.
Although the roundabout in front of Pleasant Valley Secondary School is not nearly complete, the entrance to the school is.
William Gasper, the director of operations, told school board members Monday evening at their district meeting that the entrance should be completed in time for the start of the school year.
Gasper said the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is evaluating and preparing the tarmac this week and then will begin placing the tarmac. The final layer should be laid next week. School flashing lights must also be installed on Route 209.
Gasper said some fixes delayed the entry’s completion.
“They couldn’t turn the buses around, so they had to tear off the curbs,” he said. This forced PennDOT to further reduce the school’s ownership to restructure it.
Gasper said there were also issues getting buses out of other entrances, but that has been fixed. The patches delayed the project by about a week.
“Their plan is to have all the entrances open for the first day of school,” he said.
School board president Susan Kresge asked if the fixes are taking more ground in the school district. Gasper said the roundabout repair took some ground, but the other repairs returned the school district about six parking spaces.
As for traffic patterns, Gasper said he expects it to be the same as last year.
School buses will use the roundabout in front of the secondary school, but students driving to school will use the entrance to the secondary school from Route 115. Similarly, parents dropping off their children will use the entrance to Route 115.
The entire construction project includes a roundabout at the intersection of Routes 209 and 115 and the widening of Route 115.
Gasper said the project is still on track for completion in 2024.