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Bus parking lot work begins

Work began this week at the former Bellefontaine Middle School, 509 N. Park Rd., to install a new bus parking lot that will help alleviate traffic congestion when the building opens in the fall as the district’s Intermediate School.

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A backhoe operator from LeVan’s Excavating works Wednesday to remove sidewalk debris at the former Bellefontaine Middle School site, 509 N. Park Rd., in conjunction with the bus parking lot project. New sidewalk and curb will be installed along Park Road, and a new handicap accessible entrance will be added to the building at the doors pictured to the left. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MANDY LOEHR)

Crews from LeVan’s Excavating will install the bus parking lot on the north side of the property in the area of the former tennis courts, and the new lot also will extend into what previously had been part of the school’s athletic field.

When the new school year begins, buses will then utilize this north lot, and bus riders will be able to enter and exit the school through a nearby entrance. Students who are dropped off and picked up by their parents will use the south side entrance that previously had been congested with bus traffic.

“Our school is landlocked, but we’re hoping to lessen the parking load on Park Road,” Superintendent Beth Harman said Wednesday. “Everyone was converging on the same area before. A lot of parents ended up parking on Park Road.

“We want to cut down on the traffic problems for residents who live in the area.”

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