Students at Rowlett High are getting a lesson in road construction.
The front of their school along Kirby Road is barricaded by a 30-foot-deep ditch surrounded by concrete barriers and fences.
It’s all part of the construction of the Bush Turnpike’s eastern extension – a 9.9-mile, $1.04 million expansion of the President George Bush Turnpike.
And the result is a lot of traffic. At one point this morning, cars backed up onto Lakeview Parkway / State Highway 66 and then further, onto Rowlett Road.
Students got a tardy-reprieve today — a lucky break since cars were still lined up to drop off the students at least 10 minutes after the morning bell at 7:30 a.m. The last student I saw dropped off got in around 7:50 a.m.
Buses ran mostly on time according to Garland ISD spokesperson Chris Moore. Almost all 21 buses (carrying more than 1,000 kids) dropped students off in the “preferred window,” between 6:50 and 7 a.m.
–Emily Fox/News Assistant