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Traffic at Enloe High School prompts change on campus

Posted June 7, 2016 4:14 p.m. EDT
Updated June 7, 2016 6:58 p.m. EDT

— Traffic around Enloe High School has become so congested that parents turned to one of the country's top engineering schools to help find some solutions.

Parent Teacher Association President Rodger Koopman says the chaos in the carpool lane is frustrating parents and endangering students.

“It’s a system designed a long time ago when fewer students attended the school, and no one has ever actually asked why we are doing it this way,” Koopman said.

With traffic problems getting worse, Enloe's PTA decided to recruit the help of engineering students at North Carolina State University.

“We're really focused on evaluating and optimizing systems,” said Dr. Anita Vila-Parrish, North Carolina State University Industrial Engineer.

Vila-Parrish said three industrial engineering students studied the problem earlier this year.

The engineers found that most parents were not waiting as long as they thought, but there were dangerous safety concerns for students walking across traffic.

“There’s a lot of opportunity for students to run across the road,” Vila-Parrish said.

The students determined that the best solution is to use the back of the school.

Koopman says the school’s principal likes the idea, but doesn't have the staffing to implement it.

“He’s not sure he can make it all work, but it would be great if he could,” Koopman said.

However, Koopman said he'll keep pushing school board members to find a solution.
       
“It was a great opportunity to put our skills into practice with a problem that can give back to the community,” Vila-Parrish said.