Monday, January 13, 2014

The new Oxford High School is beautiful but the traffic jam on Sisk is a nightmare

The New Oxford High School

    Oxford High School students started the new year in a new school. The new buildings were sorely needed and it is a beautiful campus.
    With the opening of the new school, located at the end of Sisk Ave., Oxford starts the new year with a really nasty traffic problem. Sisk was barely able to handle the traffic created by parents dropping off or picking up their kids from Della Davidson Elementary. Now traffic on Sisk has tripled.
    This heavy traffic means that cars are backed up more than a mile on Sisk Ave before and after school. They're backed up up on Bramlett, too. The Highway 7 exit ramps are completely full, so that cars are backed up into the highway. Not only are parents late getting their kids to school, so are a few of the school buses.
    Long-term solutions have to include substantial road improvements. Hopefully this will include the building of two roundabouts where Highway 7 meets Sisk. (And while we're at it, lets throw in two roundabouts at University and 7, and Old Taylor and Highway 6).
    For the short term the school may need to make some substantial changes in its hours so that the Della and Oxford High parents don't descend on Sisk at the exact same time.
    I imagine we'll start trying to leave our house at 7 a.m. My experience is that being a few minutes early turns a 45-minute school trip into a 15-minute breeze. But having to leave home at 7 a.m. to make a 7:50 a.m. school bell is pretty sad.

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