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Traffic Alert: Highway construction near Richland Center High School

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UPDATE Friday, August 30--- 5:35 p.m.

Next week Highway 14 will be packed with school buses and students. They will need to maneuver through cones and just one lane of traffic.

It's a project that may cause some hassles for now but will lead to a safer area in the near future.

"We have a lot traffic and a lot of congestion especially at the beginning and end of the school day," said Richland Center High's District Administrator.

That school traffic will be intensified as Highway 14 is ripped apart.

"They're redoing our intersection to make it safer eventually," said Schultz.

The project's been going on all summer, expanding the highway from two lanes to four with turn lanes and separations.

Several miles down Highway 14. Wisconsin Heights plans to do the same next year.

"I believe there are about 14,000 vehicles everyday that come past this school," said Wisconsin Height's superintendent, Mark Elworthy.

The school's old entry and exit is closed off where five crashes took place in 10 years, one taking the life of a college grad just last year.

The new designs provide more visibility and a safer environment where at, Richland Center High, 16 buses and hundreds of students travel daily.

"It should be a lot more clear a lot more visible a lot safer," said Schultz.

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Posted Thursday, August 29, 2013 --- 4:04 p.m.

School district officials are warning parents about major Highway 14 road construction near and around Richland Center High School.

“We are asking the motoring public to drive cautiously, slow down and watch for changing conditions as we start the new school year,” District Administrator Rachel Schultz is quoted in a release.
Law enforcement officials will assist the District by directing traffic to help keep the area safe, especially as the students get adjusted to the daily school schedule.

The District set up a special location on their website where updates and announcements will be posted.

The website is www.richland.k12.wi.us. Check it regularly for changes in schedules, construction and bus routes.


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