A new traffic signal has been installed and is currently on flash mode on busy Winchester Road in front of the new Frederick Douglass High School and will be permanently activated at 10 a.m. Thursdayaccording to transportation officials.
Susan Straub, a spokeswoman for the city of Lexington, said she doesn’t expect the signal to have a large impact on the flow of traffic on Winchester Road because “most of the traffic is on inbound Winchester Road. An increase in left turns into the new high school entrance will not conflict with that movement.”
Once school opens this fall, the city doesn’t expect problems. However, outbound traffic on Winchester Road backs up, sometimes starting about 3:30 p.m., near the time the school lets out.
“The afternoon rush shouldn’t be greatly affected because school is dismissed prior to the peak hours of traffic,” Straub said.
The Winchester Road entrance will not be the primary entrance to the school, but Straub said they “will be monitoring this corridor the first couple of weeks of classes to ensure that if there are any problems, we can adjust for them on the spot.”