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Published April 26, 2013, 06:09 PM

Parents, officials urge caution as repair detours increase traffic near schools

Some parents and safety officials are concerned as one of the biggest road construction projects in Grand Forks gets underway this season.

Some parents and safety officials are concerned as one of the biggest road construction projects in Grand Forks gets underway this season.

Some of the traffic along Columbia Road will be diverted near two elementary schools, Ben Franklin and Century. Starting next week, much of the traffic on Columbia Road will be sent to 17th Avenue South and South Washington Street. School officials say they're adding more crossing guards before and after school and letting parents know about the increased traffic. Carma Hanson, the coordinator of Safe Kids Grand Forks, has some tips for drivers.

Hanson: "A couple things, if you can slow down and really really watch closely for kids that would be really helpful. And the other thing is if you can plan your route so that if you do have to go by a school you're maybe not going by at the time of day when kids are arriving at school or leaving."

Hanson says the heaviest traffic will be from about 7:30 to 8:15 in the morning, and about 2:45 to 3:30 in the afternoon.The project is expected to wrap up in September.

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