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,” said 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.

Maple Lawn office manager Jana Weesner is 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 said.

Strik plans to hand out informative flyers to all parents prior to the start of school.