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Bunker Hill, IN - Construction has been underway on US 31 since early summer. With the first day of school right around the corner, area schools are working to educate their bus drivers on how to get through construction both safely and efficiently. “The safety of our students is our number one priority. We hope that by implementing a plan in advance, we will eliminate the risk of any accidents occurring involving our students and staff.” says Maconaquah School Corporation Transportation Director, Angel Strik.

One area of focus is Maple Lawn Village, which houses many Maconaquah students and is located in the middle of the construction zone. Strik has worked closely with her drivers to put together a plan for both pick-up and drop off.

Students will now be picked up and dropped off at the Maple Lawn Office. The bus will load students at this location, and then make a loop through the middle of the mobile home park to exit back onto 31. “Our hope is that all residents of Maple Lawn park in a way that is mindful of our route. We are implementing this to create the safest environment for our students, and want everyone to be on board with it.” says Strik.

Maple Lawn office manager Jana Weesner is very excited about the new change. “I feel comfortable with the new route and am happy we are getting the kids away from the highway. I think this is a win-win for everyone,” she says.

Strik plans to hand out informative flyers to all parents prior to the start of school. We want to be sure students and parents take note of these changes, and that all other patrons be mindful of buses working through construction so as to keep our kids safe.