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Traffic from construction near Floyd Central HS alleviated by police assistance on first day back

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The officers directing traffic are off-duty cops in the area. The county is paying for their services, but may be reimbursed by INDOT. The officers directing traffic are off-duty cops in the area. The county is paying for their services, but may be reimbursed by INDOT.

FLOYDS KNOBS, Ind. (WDRB) -- Parents and students expected traffic jams and long rides to school on the first day of class Wednesday. But to their surprise they say construction near Floyd Central High School and Highland Hills Middle School wasn't so bad -- thanks to school planning. 
 
"I was like really concerned that I wouldn't get to school on time, so I left really early," Floyd Central High School senior Hannah Knauer told WDRB News.

It was a concern echoed by many of her classmates. It stems from road construction near the high school on Old Vincennes Road, which is one of the main arteries leading to the school.

The detour route is Highway 150 and Edwardsville-Galena Road, but many were still cautious. 

"I got up at 5:30, left at 6:20, but I got here pretty early, like I had a lot of time to spare," said Knauer.

She got to school an hour and 15 minutes early, crediting an easy drive to the officers directing traffic. 

"The cops handled it really well because they made the traffic stop back there and let us pass to get to school on time," she said.
 
"We do think the police directing traffic was a key part to what made it work. If we were just relying on automatic signals it would have been much more of a problem for us," Director of Facilities and School Safety Specialist Bill Wiseheart told WDRB News.

School officials say officers are expected to be on Highway 150 directing traffic until September.

By that time, Wiseheart believes construction will be wrapping up and the officers will no longer be needed during arrival and dismissal times. But until all construction is gone some parents are still weary. 

Highland Hills middle school sits behind the High School and is facing the same issues. 

"I think everyone is still gonna give a little cushion and caution still with the next couple of days but we'll get into a routine," said Vanessa Braswell, a parent at Highland Hills Middle School.

Overall school officials say they are pleased with how the day went. 

The officers directing traffic are off-duty cops in the area. The county is paying for their services, but may be reimbursed by INDOT.

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