TASD advises traffic flow for Arkansas Middle School opening day March 8

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TEXARKANA — The Texarkana Arkansas School District (TASD) has released information on the traffic flow for the first day of school at Arkansas Middle School on Monday, March 8.

The new school is located at 5443 Jefferson Avenue. The bell schedule remains the same with classes beginning at 8:00 a.m. and ending at 3:15 p.m.

The school district says that community members who travel in the area may be familiar with the two-lane road. However, this week the city of Texarkana, Arkansas, will be re-stripping Jefferson Avenue in front of the new school to allow for a turning lane, which should ease the flow traffic during arrival and dismissal times.

North and southbound traffic will enter the front of the school by turning into the driveway located on the northern side of the campus. The driveway located on the southerly side of the campus is intended to be the exit. All vehicles exiting the campus must turn right in an effort to ease the flow of traffic. Only school buses will be allowed to enter and exit the campus on Crossroads Parkway, which is located on the west side of the property.

“Although we are excited about the new Arkansas Middle School, we are aware of the impact some of the changes will have on some of the citizens who live and travel near the campus. We ask that you be patient with us as we navigate through this new process,” TASD superintendent Dr. Becky Kesler said.

The new school zone flashing beacons are located near the campus and will reduce the speed limit to 30 miles per hour during arrival and dismissal times. The city of Texarkana, Arkansas, is partnering with the school district to assist with traffic flow and ensure safe travel to and from the new campus.

“The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department is proud to be a part of this transition process which will benefit our students and the community,” TAPD interim chief Kristi Bennett said. “We encourage our citizens to pay close attention to the new lane changes and speed limit as they travel near the new school.”