ATLANTA - Workers continue cleaning up the mess left behind after the bridge collapse along Interstate 85.
The closed section of the busy highway is causing some major traffic delays as the repairs continue.
Things could get worse by the beginning next week. That is when many metro-area students return to school after spring break.
That is why Atlanta Public Schools is making some changes. Beginning Monday, and for the rest of the school year, Morningside Elementary School and all schools in north Atlanta will extend morning drop off times by opening doors 15 minutes earlier.
There will also be extra officers on-hand to help direct traffic around affected schools.
Buses serving those schools will be stocked with bottled water in case of long traffic delays.
Here is a complete list the things the district said it plans to do:
- The district is creating a temporary bus compound at North Atlanta High School in order to park buses serving neighborhoods on the north side of the city.
- For the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year, Morningside Elementary School and all schools in the North Atlanta cluster will open their doors 15 minutes earlier than normal. This will serve to extend the morning drop-off window for parents in hopes of reducing congestion around schools.
- Elementary school doors will open at 7:15 a.m. (start time 8 a.m.)
- North Atlanta High School doors will open at 8 a.m. (start time 8:45 a.m.)
- Sutton Middle School doors will open at 8:30 a.m. (start time 9:15 a.m.)
- The district is requesting that all Morningside Elementary School and North Atlanta cluster bus riders report to their bus stops 15 minutes early beginning Monday so that buses have additional time to ensure an on-time drop-off.
- Atlanta Public Schools Police Department is working in partnership with the Atlanta Police Department to provide increased traffic support around schools and neighborhoods with anticipated traffic concerns.
- In an abundance of caution, the district is stocking all of the impacted buses with bottled water in the event that students are stuck in traffic for extended periods of time.
APS said they will be monitoring the situation over the next week and will adjust this plans as needed. They are calling for parents to be patient.