WINTERSVILLE – The traffic pattern will be modified on the campus of Indian Creek High School in Wintersville as construction continues over the summer.
Deputy Superintendent John Belt said the changes will begin June 1 and traffic will be redirected to accommodate construction trucks and public vehicles.
“Due to our summer construction schedule, we will once again have to alter traffic patterns on the high school campus. Starting June 1, Park Drive will become two-way traffic,” Belt explained. “The entrance by Snyder Tire will be used as an entrance and exit for construction vehicles only and the traditional exit near the bus garage will be two-way for all non-construction traffic.”
He apologized for any inconvenience and said the adjustment was made with safety in mind.
The move will accommodate work done following the demolition of the Buchanan Building, which most recently housed Wintersville Elementary, and the former Indian Creek High School. The razing is underway at the Buchanan site with Belt saying the interior of the structure was collapsing, and the staging was to begin in high school, with the gym being razed first. Bricks will be made available to the public to preserve a piece of local history. They are free and will be stacked near the construction area and collection will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
He said the two structures should be cleaned up by June and there are plans to extend a retention pond to the Buchanan site to meet environmental guidelines and to reuse the high school’s former location as a parking lot and land. budding activity. The demolition project is being completed by Eslich Wrecking Co. of Louisville, Ohio, and costs are included in the district school construction project for Cross Creek Elementary, the new CISH, and renovations at Hills Elementary .
In addition, the old music building will undergo renovations to become a sports annex with a wrestling room and a weight room. Hammond Construction, the company involved in the school building projects, is overseeing the project and the facility will include weightlifting equipment acquired with a $50,000 grant from the Charles M. and Thelma M. Pugliese Charitable Foundation .
Officials expect the projects to be completed in time for students to return in August.