NEW INFO: Structure Problems Addressed on Garrison Avenue


ROAD PROBLEMS A CONCERN FOR NEIGHBORS ALONG GARRISON AVENUE

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Neighbors living along Garrison Avenue say they're fed up with road problems and the school bus ban, makes things even worse.

Terry Ashworth is one of those neighbors. He says, "It's the overall picture. Garrison Avenue has been neglected by the city administration for over 25 years."

Brenda lives along the road, too. She says, "The road's been falling in for a long time and they just come in and do patchwork. That's their solution, patchwork."

Charleston City Engineer, Chris Knox, says, "Noticed the deterioration at the bottom of the culvert. We knew the school board was about to construct a new school at the top of Edgewood so we wanted to keep a lot of the heavy traffic off of it."

The five ton weight limit on heavy traffic is only limited to school buses, since they travel the road daily. Trash, fire, and utility trucks will all have access to the road. KRT buses weigh exactly five tons.

Once patchwork is complete, Knox says they hope to resurface Garrison Avenue, but it could take a few years.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Students living along Garrison Avenue in Charleston will have a new bus route starting in 2014. It's all due to a posted sign stating a five ton weight limit along the road.

On Wednesday, parents received a letter and a voice mail stating this:
"Kanawha County Schools has the following information for parents and students living along Garrison Ave: Due to an imposed weight limit of five tons, buses can no longer travel Garrison Ave."

It's a situation creating an uproar for families living along the bus route. Brenda picks up her grandson every day. "Got a note all of a sudden. It came home yesterday from the school." She says, "36 years and they can't run the bus up here. We just might go over and protest the city if they don't come up with a solution to bring these buses back up here to get the children."

Posted signs on the road show a weight limit of five tons, but the buses weigh 10 tons, and that's without any students on them. The signs have been posted for over a year, but school officials say they just noticed them this week.

"One of the supervisors was inspecting the school bus routes for the new Edgewater school that's being built on the West Side and noticed there were signs posted on Garrison Ave with a five ton weight limit," says Kanawha County School Executive Director of Pupil Transportation, George Beckett.

An alternate route has been planned for students. It will begin on January 2nd, 2014. That's the start of the new semester. Students will be dropped off and picked up at the foot of the Garrison Avenue holler, under the interstate overpass. Keep scrolling for the pick-up and drop-off schedule.

This will take care of about 65 of 80 kids who live on Garrison Avenue. The rest of them will have to walk to the bus stop, which is about a half mile. It's a distance some parents say is too far, especially for middle school kids.

Lillie doesn't have a car, and physically can't go pick up her kids at the bus stop everyday. "I understand it's for the safety of the children but they need to come up with a better solution than to stop running the bus up here. What do they expect parents are gonna do?"

Here are the new bus stop schedule times:
Capital High School Students
Bus Number 1213
AM Pickup 6:20
PM Drop-Off 3:35

Watts Elementary Students
Bus Number 1213
AM Pickup 7:10
PM Drop-Off 2:20

Stonewall Jackson Students
Bus Number 1213
AM Pickup 7:50
PM Drop-Off 4:15


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