Athens City Schools will be back in session Tuesday, Aug. 13, which means increased vehicle and pedestrian traffic around school zones.
Motorists are advised to use extreme caution and expect delays for the first 7 to 10 days of the new school year due to bus traffic, parents driving students to school, and students walking to school. Traffic on Alabama 251 will increase with the start of school, especially with the Forrest Street bridges replacement project ongoing. If you can, consider an alternate route.
Athens Police ask motorists to take into consideration the following as they plan their commutes:
- All motorists must stop for buses when the stop sign is extended
- Athens Bible School on U.S. 31 has been in session with classes beginning at 8:00 a.m.
- Athens High School, across from Athens Bible, will open its doors at 7:30 a.m. and ring the bell to start school at 8:00 a.m. Students who arrive later than 8:15 a.m. are tardy
- Athens Middle School on U.S. 31 south of these two campuses will open its doors at 7:30 a.m. and ring the bell at 8:00 a.m.
- Those exiting Athens Middle School from the north part of the campus will have to turn north. Athens Police will have U.S. 31 medians near the old Kmart building closed.
- Those traveling east on Pryor Street and turning north on U.S. 31 need to remember that oncoming traffic from Alabama 251 has the right of way, and motorists turning north must yield.
- Another change to remember this new school year is Athens Elementary students will be using the Clinton Street campus as the school system prepares to build a new elementary school.