New Traffic Route for Southview Dismissal

New Traffic Route for Southview Dismissal
Posted on 09/22/2022
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September 22, 2022

Dear Southview Parents/Guardians,

As you are aware, the traffic on Marvyn Parkway/AL Hwy 51 during dismissal from Southview Primary School is a challenge. The city has made many requests to the Alabama Department of Transportation to widen the highway leading to Southview but there are no immediate plans to do so. As cars park on the side of Marvyn Parkway prior to school dismissal, there are concerns for the safety of all traveling along the road. Therefore, to alleviate the congestion and make the travel pattern safer, we are implementing a new procedure for afternoon carpool pick-up line. 

Beginning October 3, 2022, cars will no longer be allowed to line up on Marvyn Parkway past the turn lane into Southview or block the intersection at Gateway Drive.  All cars in the pick-up line will be routed to Hall Avenue to wait for dismissal at 2:45 p.m. The Opelika Police Department will have an officer at the intersection of Hall Avenue and Hwy 51 and one at the Southview entrance/exit on Hwy 51 to direct traffic during dismissal. All cars will be directed to park on the right side of Hall Avenue and wait for dismissal.  Please do not block driveways.  We are communicating this plan with the residents of Hall Avenue and appreciate their cooperation.  Following student pick-up, cars will still be allowed to exit on Marvyn Parkway or Gateway Drive.  A map of the new traffic pattern is below.

We realize that change is hard, but we appreciate your understanding as we work to make the traffic pattern safer for all residents traveling on Marvyn Parkway. If you have questions, please email [email protected]. If you have immediate safety concerns, please call the Opelika Police Department on the non-emergency dispatch number at 334-705-5260.

We appreciate your cooperation in making this area safer for all vehicles traveling in the area each day.

Letter to Southview Parents

Southview Dismissal Car Line Map

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