County discusses work to make school pickup lines safer

Published 7:41 am Tuesday, April 16, 2024

BROOKHAVEN — Lincoln County Engineer Ryan Holmes with Dungan Engineering spoke to the board of supervisors about a potential road work project ahead of the 2024-25 school year Monday morning. The Board of Supervisors meet in a regularly scheduled business meeting twice a month. 

District 3 Supervisor John David Hart, Holmes and Lincoln County School District Superintendent David Martin met to discuss a solution to parent pick up lines at two county schools. Hart, who serves as the chief of Hog Chain Volunteer Fire Department, said there have been several motor vehicle accidents at the county schools during after school pick up time. 

“We are wanting to work together to improve the parent drop off lines at Enterprise and Bogue Chitto,” Holmes said. “Enterprise is pretty cut and dry. We will put in a new road on school property. District 3 will do some gravel work. Enterprise’s land will need to be cleared.” 

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Bogue Chitto’s potential pickup line work will be a little more difficult. Holmes showed Board Attorney Greg Malta a map of the area around the school property and pointed to old platted streets that have not been developed. 

Holmes explained it is an undeveloped street that a road will need to be put in and the school owns parts of the tract needed. 

“To tie into the street we would need a piece of land. Landowner has agreed to a land swap verbally,” Holmes said. “The pickup line would wrap around the baseball field and wind through campus and come out on Monticello street. It is a disaster right now. These are all good projects to improve safety.” 

Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing agreed and said the main thing is they need to get vehicles off of the highways when lining up to pick up students. Bogue Chitto Attendance Center is located off of US51and Enterprise Attendance Center is located off of MS-583. 

The Board of Supervisors decided to wait to hear from the Lincoln County School Board on their thoughts on the project proposals and took no further action. Hart said he hoped they could get the project finished in time for school to start.