The first day of school proceeded without any major problems as the community familiarizes itself with the new high school facility and new traffic patterns. Superintendent Mike Murphy said it was a, “Great start – great morning and a great day!”
As the high school loaded for the first time, traffic ballooned up in the nearby neighborhood and dissipated quickly when classes began. However, drivers who used Jackson Drive as a means of access were greeted with backups that stretched back onto Main Street in both directions due to the left turn required at the stop sign at Mosby. A steady flow of traffic down Mosby made the left turn slow and caused a bottleneck that many drivers said they plan to avoid in the future. The emerging traffic pattern seems to indicate that Mosby via Buckmarsh, which is a straight run into the high school will be the preferred route for anyone who can avoid using Jackson Drive.
Superintendent Murphy said that the school will monitor the traffic situation and work with VDOT, Berryville Police, and the Clarke County Sheriff’s Department to make adjustments to make access as smooth as possible.
“We will update students today, and will continue to do so. Traffic tends to sort itself out as time goes on; no one expected the back up today on Jackson, complicated by the stop sign at Jackson and Mosby. The good news is that the highest speed clocked (known speed) was about 17 miles an hour, so speeding wasn’t an issue this morning!”
More good news regarding access to the high school came via the Board of Supervisors meeting as VDOT area manager Edwin Carter updated the supervisors on the Mosby Boulevard construction project. In his update he told the board that Mosby was ahead of schedule and would be completed by the end of the current construction season in November given that unexpected weather does not occur.