Beltline work will alter schools' schedules

Dec. 20, 2013 @ 12:55 AM

RALEIGH — Wake County school officials are preparing to make changes to bus routes and school schedules as they cope with the three-year effort to repair the Raleigh Beltline.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports (http://bit.ly/1fq0I03) that the Beltline repair project will affect thousands of students and their families across the county.

There are 223 bus routes, about 20 percent of the county's buses, that travel either on the parts of the Beltline that will be rebuilt or on other roads that will get more traffic as motorists look for alternate routes.

"The rerouting options are limited," Wake County schools chief business officer David Neter said. "They're limited to main thoroughfares through all these areas outside of the actual interstate and highways. Other drivers who are commuting will be seeking the same alternatives, thus likely eliminating the benefit."

After the holidays, school administrators will start reviewing which school start and dismissal times might need to be changed, beginning with the 2014-15 school year, until the construction project is finished in late 2016.

Neter said workers will also be affected, noting that the majority of the 17,572 employees work at schools and that there's not a lot that can be done to change their schedules.

The plan calls for closing two of the three lanes on the road and will take about a year to complete. Two lanes will still operate, one of them consisting of the freeway shoulder.