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Hamill Road closure complicates first day of school

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Construction signs mark Hamill Road near Big Ridge Elementary Thursday morning. Photo by Dan Kennedy/WRCBtv.com Construction signs mark Hamill Road near Big Ridge Elementary Thursday morning. Photo by Dan Kennedy/WRCBtv.com

A major road closure in Hixson complicated the first day of school at Big Ridge Elementary.

Hamill Road between Adams Road and Greenway Farms remains closed Thursday as road repairs continue. Hamill Road is a major artery to the school and parents had to find an alternate route.

"With Hamill Road being closed, looking for a lot more frustration on drivers," said teacher Brenda Hammonds. "Extremely hectic, backed up, probably some angry parents."

Special Education Teacher Brenda Hammonds is ready for the rush of students. She just hopes parents and kids are ready to wait in the car.

"Just be patient because its probably gonna cause some tardy's, some traffic jams," said parent Devona Anderson.

Devona Anderson is making sure her second grader Emily isn't late to class. The pair is first in line an hour before the bell.

"You really need to be early to avoid as much delay as possible. There's not a lot of parking areas," she said.

The Anderson's know the drop off routine well.

"Every year Hamill Road ends up being a bottleneck because there's really nowhere to go," she said.

Traffic stands still in front of Big Ridge Elementary because just down the street pavers are working to finish their work on Hamill Road.

"We're a little more precautious, pay a little more attention," said paver Tim Bingham.

Tim Bingham has a group of nine pavers with Wright Brothers in Charleston, TN. working to pave the two-lane road.

"We're having a special safety meeting this morning just because the buses have to come through here," Bingham said.

The buses have permission to use the otherwise impassable road. But Anderson predicted traffic will remain a mess even once the road reopens.

"If Hamill Road was open, this area would still be congested even when its open," Anderson said. "It makes you think if they put in a turning lane it would help alleviate some of the pressure with the traffic."

Detours are posted using Cassandra Smith Road, Hixson Pike and Northpoint Boulevard. 

Drivers are advised to leave in plenty of time and use the alternate routes.

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