Please be advised that construction on US Hwy 224 will now require our main high school entrance at the
corner of US Hwy 224 and Jackson Street to remain closed through the
remainder of Phase III of the road construction. The tentative plan for
scheduled completion is October 2017. During this time, the school and
city are committed to pedestrian safety in route to and from school
grounds before and after school hours.
Through the completion of the road construction project, we wish to
advise walkers to utilize the following points where we believe there to
be the highest level of safety and support:
Bellmont Middle School Entrance
School Resource Officer Kevin Gerber will be stationed at the corner of Monroe Street and North Adams Drive, at the Bellmont Middle School entrance to assist students/walkers in need of crossing Monroe Street onto school grounds.
Harvester Lane/Ogg Street
A city official will be stationed at the corner of Harvester Lane and Ogg Street (across from Straton) to aid students/walkers crossing Monroe Street and entering school grounds through Ogg Street.
Riverside Center/Water Treatment Plant
Please note no adult will be present at this cross point – however, at this corner, traffic to and from the west side of Decatur prohibits east bound traffic providing a path for students to cross. We encourage students to cross as far east as possible, crossing in front of the construction barricade and walking via the sidewalk in front of the automotive center on the corner of US 224 and Monroe Street. (No traffic will be headed east, allowing students to cross on the east side of the detour.)
**ADDITIONAL TRAFFIC NOTES**
1: A new speed limit has been posted for those driving on Monroe Street.
2: Traffic will be allowed to only turn right out of Bellmont Middle
School between 7:30-8:30 AM and 2:30-3:30 PM. (No left turns will be
allowed.) BE AWARE OF ALL CHANGES AND FOLLOW ALL TRAFFIC SIGNS.
We ask that all drivers help ensure that students/walkers remain safe
during these next few months. Please drive slowly and carefully and
watch for children at all times. Monroe Street will be extremely busy
with increased traffic in and out of town and your attention to children
and your surroundings is greatly appreciated.
PARENTS OF STUDENT DRIVERS
We ask you to please speak with your students about the importance of
driving cautiously in and out of school grounds, at all times, and
encourage them to practice courteous and safe driving practices
throughout the school year.
PARENTS OF STUDENT WALKERS
Please also help us by encouraging your student walkers to access school
grounds via one of the above, nearest cross points. Their safety is our
biggest priority and we wish to provide the safest means for them to
enter school grounds. Crossing at the designated points above will help
improve traffic flow and safety for all guests, visitors and school
We do reserve the right to change crossing locations
to meet the needs of our pedestrians and traffic. Please watch for
further updates and information that may be shared during the next
couple of weeks.