Schools are increasingly worried about drivers who pass school buses
One of the busiest streets in the Tri-Cities is about to get even more hectic.
Construction along George Washington Way will make it tricky for parents and students heading back to class next week.
The city is in the middle of repaving about 5 miles between Guyer Avenue and Horn Rapids Road.
This will affect Jefferson and Sacajawea elementary schools, Hanford High School and WSU Tri-Cities.
The city has set up a temporary crosswalk in front of the Best Western Hotel to provide a safe place for children waking to Jefferson Elementary and the Early Learning Center.
Up the street at Sacajawea, students will be able to cross George Washington Way at Saint Street.
The crosswalks will be staffed each school day, and paraeducators will be there to walk with students across the street before and after school.
Traveling to Hanford High School will be even trickier.
The district is suggesting people leave 15 minutes earlier and, if they can, carpool or find a different way to get to the school.
WSU Tri-Cities students were already dealing with the difficult travel on their way to the first day of classes last week.
Lane closures near the campus are expected to last for the next few weeks.
“Travelers are advised to use alternate routes to campus, such as Jadwin Avenue and Stevens Drive, and to enter campus from University Drive near the Wine Science Center,” officials said.