- Sycamore Community Schools
Cooper Bridge Closure To Impact Transportation Services
We have received new information about the upcoming Cooper Road Bridge project.
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will completely close the Cooper Road bridge in both directions over I-71 beginning March 1. The project is expected to take approximately two months to complete, pending weather conditions. We anticipate the project, combined with ongoing construction at the new Sycamore Junior High, will cause a significant impact on traffic.
NEW INFORMATION ON THE IMPACT TO BUS SERVICES:
Our Transportation Department is warning that beginning March 1, the pick up times for bus riders in Grades 5-8 may be approximately five minutes earlier than usual. Please have your student at their bus stop at least five minutes earlier than when they have been typically picked up this school year. Drop off times for bus riders Grades K-8 may be delayed in the afternoon.
Pick up and drop off times will become more consistent after the first few days of our drivers running the new routes around the closure. Thank you in advance for your flexibility and patience.
NEW INFORMATION FOR CAR RIDERS AND WALKERS:
ODOT plans to detour traffic from Montgomery to the Ronald Reagan Cross County Highway and Kenwood Road. Drivers should expect significant delays along Cooper Road as well as increased traffic on Delray Drive and Cooper Lane during arrival and dismissal times at Sycamore Junior High.
Local law enforcement will be providing additional assistance during pick up and drop off at the junior high. Vehicles will still enter the junior high at the maintenance lot entrance, however, you will be routed through the staff parking lot and directed to exit left at the light at Delray Drive.
To help alleviate some of the anticipated traffic, we are strongly encouraging students to ride the bus to and from school. If you need information about your student’s bus stop, please visit our Transportation website. You will need your student’s ID number to look up their bus route information. Please note the pick up times on the Transportation site are current route times, meaning that your child’s bus may arrive 5 minutes earlier than the time listed. Drop off times may also be delayed in the afternoon.
To help ensure the safety of all students, motorists should remain alert, reduce their speed, and watch for stopped traffic and pedestrians. Car riders should plan to leave home earlier in order to arrive on time.
Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation. We look forward to having better traffic patterns in place when the new junior high opens in the fall.