Edina Public Schools publishes information about construction throught a variety of platforms and media, including individual school e-newsletters, postcards to targeted audiences, the districtwide In The Know community e-newsletter, Update in 80 video e-newsletters, and District news. The following is an online archive of such communications.
School and district administration, along with representatives from the district’s construction partners — Wold Architects and Engineers, and Kraus-Anderson Construction — met with South View Middle School neighbors on March 21 to review a plan to change the traffic flow around the building with the goal of improving safety for students.
The plan calls for a bus-only loop at the north entrance of the school on South View Lane. To accommodate angled parking for all buses, the district will seek a variance from the city regarding the requirement for green space adjacent to the street.
In addition, the district’s plan would create designated drop-off and pick-up locations as follows:
The primary purpose of new traffic flow design is to improve safety for students, staff and visitors. A single, designated bus drop off with angled parking will eliminate the need for students to walk between buses. Separating bus and car traffic will reduce the number of pedestrians in the bus loading area. Buses will also be able to pull forward from their parking spots to exit without having to back up, which poses a hazard to pedestrians and vehicles.
Additionally, the plan is expected to streamline traffic flow around the school and the neighborhood, as well. Bus traffic would be concentrated in one location (buses currently load in three areas around the building). Angled parking will enable buses to depart simultaneously, creating an efficient exit from the neighborhood. A new single entry/exit in the south parking lot will allow for a maximum car queue within the lot, keeping more cars off the street and creating efficiency for drivers during pick-up and drop-off times.
Several other changes occurring at South View and elsewhere in the district are expected to reduce traffic flow in the neighborhood. The South View student population will decrease by 25 percent this fall when 9th graders move to Edina High School (EHS). It is expected that the move will reduce the number of buses transporting students to South View by about five, in addition to reducing car traffic. South View’s start and end times will adjust slightly next year — school will begin at 7:45 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. Also, the new activity center at EHS will shift much of the weekend and event traffic away from South View.
Other construction on the East Campus includes a new main entrance for the Early Learning Center on the east side of the ECC building. The Green Lot, between ECC and South View, will be the drop off/pick up loop for preschool families.