Marvin Elementary School parents can expect a change in direction for the 2007-2008 school year.

Instead of traveling from west to east on McKenzie Street on the campus’ north side, the traffic flow will be routed from east to west on McKenzie.

Briggs Street, which is borders the campus’ east side, will run one-way to the south from Ross Street to Marvin Avenue.

Southbound traffic on Brown will be routed to turn east on Ross Street before turning back south on Briggs Street. Traffic will then turn to travel west on McKenzie to enter the school’s drop-off/pick-up lanes.

After making their way through the drop-off/pick-up lane, parents will exit by turning south (to their right) on Briggs and continuing on to Marvin.

Motorists will no longer be allowed to turn onto McKenzie from Brown during the hours set aside for school traffic.

The hours for the one-way flow will be from 7-9 a.m. and from 2-4 p.m. school days, according to Jeff Chambers, director of public works for the city of Waxahachie.

School and city officials said the new traffic flow is intended to lessen the long queues of cars on Brown Street as seen in previous years.

Through its bond funds, WISD has increased the on-site drop-off/pick-up “stack” lane for cars. The funding also has provided for a separate parking lot and entrance (off of Briggs) for the school’s staff members.

With the increase of on-site space and rerouting of vehicles, officials believe the traffic flow will be improved.

“Brown Street is a thoroughfare and there’s a lot of traffic on it,” Chambers said. “There’s been a lot of desire to get the stacked cars off of Brown Street and that leaves one alternative - and that’s Briggs.”

Residents on the two blocks of Briggs affected by the change may experience some difficulty during the peak hours for school traffic, with officials saying they’ll keep tabs on the situation.

“We’ll try and minimize this the best we can,” Chambers said. “We’ll watch and see what happens and if we need to make some improvements, we will.”

New signs are being put into place, and barricades and additional signage will be put up the first several days of school to help direct people until the new pattern is learned, Chambers said.

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