Lincoln drivers asked to stay away from schools if they can

Lincoln drivers asked to stay away from schools if they can

LINCOLN – Police are asking local residents to steer clear of town schools for the start of school next week and for a few weeks after that if they can, as there will be far more traffic than the typical back-to-school rush with more families driving their students to class.

Capt. Philip Gould said police are working with principals of various schools on potential traffic patterns and flows, urging motorists to be aware of temporary signage directing traffic.

Gould said he’s expecting “significant traffic issues for the first week” with a substantial increase in cars on local roads, and he’s asking everyone to be especially patient during this time.

“If people don’t need to get to the school areas, they should avoid them,” he said, particularly during drop-off and pick-up times and especially around the elementary schools.

Those dropping off students might notice a couple of obvious changes, including right-turn-only signs for those exiting properties to keep them from further clogging traffic, said Gould.

Many people will be excited to see their students finally going back to school, said Gould, so he’s hopeful that will have alleviated some stress from the past few months and made people feel more patient.

Many people are putting a lot of work into making the return to school as smooth as possible in a difficult situation, he said, so he’s asking everyone to keep that in mind.

“I hope that in itself creates more understanding,” he said. “A lot more is going into it.”