Darren Doyle, story and photos
An upgrade to the oldest water line in Brownsville will cause a detour in school traffic for the Edmonson County 5/6 Center starting Monday. West Center Street, which is between the 5/6 Center and Stevenson's Auto Sales, could be closed as early as Monday as crews replace the old line that Mayor Jerry Meredith says is long overdue for repair.
"The line is constantly breaking or always in need of repair," Mayor Meredith said. "We realize school is starting back and there might be some issues, but this is something that we've needed to do for a while, it just turns out now is when it can be done."
Principal Alan Talley sent a letter home to students, along with a diagram outlining the changes to the school's drop off and pick up policy that will be in effect as soon as W. Center Street closes.
The letter stated:
Due to construction currently taking place on West Center Street (in front of our main office), we need to have an alternate plan for morning and afternoon car riders in case the street is closed.
Mayor Meredith said the project will extend past the 5/6 Center area. The plan is to begin the project on Mohawk St near Lifeskills, go up W. Center St to the 5/6 Center gym, turn right towards Stevenson's Auto Sales, go under Main Street, past Bertie's Ice Cream, down by the Main Street Center (old Brownsville Elementary) and tie into the main line on Washington Street.
"We'll do everything to keep traffic moving and the project going as best we can," Meredith said.
The project is expected to take 2-3 weeks according to the Mayor. Principal Talley said if everyone pays attention and follows the new outline for traffic, problems and delays should be at a minimum.