Construction crews working on Austintown School District's two new buildings will have Christmas and New Year's Day off, but will be working the rest of the next two weeks to stay on track.
"By the end of this week, all the roofs will be done, intact, and water tight," said Supervisor of Facilities and Operations Mal Culp.
He said the three to five grade building is on schedule while the kindergarten to second grade building is actually running ahead of schedule. The exteriors of both buildings are up and awaiting a spray sealant prior to the installation of the brick facing that will finish them off.
Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Austintown School District Supervisor of Facilities and Operations Mal Culp walks back from a visit to the new school buildings on Friday. He said both buildings are on track to be completed this summer.
On the interior, drywall is being installed and the furnace and duct work is going in. Both gymnasiums are done and have been temporarily heated while awaiting the permanent furnace connections to be made.
On traffic flow, Culp said there have been changes made. On Idaho Road, the former two southbound lanes have been altered. There is now one southbound lane with a center turn lane. The change was made for safety reasons.
"With the center turn lane, we won't have people trying to pass when they get in a hurry," Culp said.
As for Idaho Road extension to New Road, Culp said the road surface is in, but because there are no sidewalks yet, the extension will not be opened to traffic. He also mentioned the traffic signals for the new intersection have been delayed close to four months.
Culp also pointed out another change that has been made to traffic flow around the schools. He said the construction traffic has added a lot to the congestion. To deal with it, the road from the school property to Woodhurst Drive was completed and the construction crews were asked to use that entrance instead of Idaho Road.
"They will be keeping their people off Idaho Road," Culp said.
After the holiday break, parents may notice storage trailers being delivered to Woodside, Lynn Kirk, and Watson elementary schools. The trailers will be used for teachers to begin boxing up their classrooms over the coming months. By the end of this school year, the teachers and staff can finish packing and place their boxes in the trailers.
"We will move the trailers to the new buildings at the end of the school year," Culp said. "Everything will be moved at one time."