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New Traffic Pattern Coming to Higgins Middle School

A new traffic pattern is being put into place because of the construction.

The new construction traffic pattern at the Higgins Middle School starting on March 10. Photo credit: Peabody Public Schools.
The new construction traffic pattern at the Higgins Middle School starting on March 10. Photo credit: Peabody Public Schools.
A new Higgins Middle School will bring a new state-of-the-art facility for Peabody. 

But until the construction is done, Peabody will need to deal with the hassles involved in a large project. One possible headache is a new traffic pattern put into place because of the construction. 

Here are the details of the new traffic flow plan that will start on March 10 at Higgins Middle School: 

General Traffic Pattern:
  • One-way traffic around the school from North (gym) to South (mall area)
  • Two-way traffic for buses and staff only at Perkins Street/Allens Lane entrance.
  • Two-way traffic for buses and staff only on a section of the roadway adjacent to the PVMHS Vocational School
For Parents:
  • All traffic will enter at King St.
    - Traffic will be restricted on some neighborhood streets (watch for signage)
  • AM student drop off (prior to 8:15) will take place in the mall area FOR ALL STUDENTS.
  • Students arriving after 8:15 will continue to report to the main office entrance.
  • All traffic will exit at Perkins Street/Allens Lane.
  • Parking will be available in lots B, C, and E.
The road around the building from the gym to the mall area will be available for "live parking" during dismissal

For Staff:
  • All traffic will enter at King Street EXCEPT those parking in lot E.  Those staff members may enter at Perkins Street/Allens Lane.
  • Parking will be assigned by lot.  Placards will identify HMS staff members.
For Buses:
  • Buses will enter at either King Street or Perkins Street/Allens Lane.
  • Drop off in the morning FOR ALL GRADES will take place in the designated bus zone in the mall area.
  • At dismissal, ALL BUS STUDENTS will report to the designate bus zone to meet their buses.
  • All buses will exit at Perkings Street/Allens Lane.
For Visitors:
  • All traffic will enter at King Street.
  • Limited parking will be available in lots B & C.
  • Overflow parking will be available in lot E.
All visitors MUST report to the main office door for entry.
Kristin Cafarelli February 27, 2014 at 04:38 PM
won't this make Lowell Street more wonderful than it already is in the morning. Yay.
Johnny D February 27, 2014 at 04:43 PM
Like any of the parents will follow this pattern anyways...they already drive like maniacs at the high school (not following the "drop-off location" signs), and park wherever they please at the elementary schools (once again, ignoring signs)...what makes anyone think this will be any different? "It is my kid and I will do what I want...I haven't had my coffee yet so try and stop me!"Great examples for their children...don't have to follow rules you don't agree with, right?!
Bjean February 27, 2014 at 05:15 PM
Not really a huge change. If the parents can keep it moving and do multiple cars at a time, shouldnt be a problem. Maybe some appropriate signs might help.
Samantha Carter February 28, 2014 at 07:35 AM
One of the problems is that parents do not park in the parking lot like they are suppose to do. What happens is that there is a back-up both ways past the police stations. What is wrong with the children walking a short distance to the mall area? We need someone to supervise the student drop-off in the mall area.
Ashleigh February 28, 2014 at 08:21 AM
Johnny D, this is not limited to schools, I see this sort of behavior all over Massachusetts. "I'm more important than you"..."I don't have time to wait"..."I can't be bothered". People in this state always feel like they deserve better than their fellow man or that the rules don't apply to them. It's disgusting.
Andrew Denaro February 28, 2014 at 09:58 AM
Any information about how the construction & supply vehicles will be approaching the school during this process? Or will they be barreling down the road by Emerson Park and the playgrounds nearby?
Kristin Cafarelli February 28, 2014 at 10:24 AM
This morning, the light at the intersection of King and Lowell Streets was out. And guess what? There was an accident. It is one of the worst intersections in the city, and I fail to understand (or appreciate) what they are thinking by re-routing traffic to the Higgins over there. And while I'm at it... if they are going to do this - two suggestions: reduce the speed limit from 35 to 25 on Lowell Street, and add a traffic light at the intersection of Lowell and Perkins. Because the parents trying to pull out of Perkins after dropping their kids off are going to have a real fun time if they don't.
Robin February 28, 2014 at 10:44 AM
I hate to sound like a crank but it's not only at the schools where you see this ridiculous behavior try watching any storefront for a few minutes. People pull u
Robin February 28, 2014 at 10:48 AM
Sorry people pull up to the fire lane so that their obese spouse or kids won't have to walk an extra 30 feet. Then we wonder why half the country is obese! Try getting out of your car and WALKING it might do you you some good ya hippos!
Kristin Cafarelli February 28, 2014 at 02:10 PM
Not sure I understand your point, Robin.
Bjean February 28, 2014 at 05:17 PM
To be very honest, i feel better dropping my daughter off right at the door for safety reasons. She is responsible enough to be alert and look bith ways, however, th drivers Ive seen-not so much. People driving minivans and SUV's that have no idea how to handle such large vehicles are a major hazard. Ive waited in the lot for my daughter after school, and these people cant even back into a spot and remain in within the lines! If I can at least drop her at the door in the morning, at leadt I have a little peace of mind for the day. Sorry if the traffic backs up, but these people drive like animals!
Bjean February 28, 2014 at 05:18 PM
*Both*, pardon the typos
Kristie Smith DeLoreto March 01, 2014 at 05:08 PM
While the new building is being built, traffic has to be re-routed. The police, fire department, school committee, Mayor's office, Higgins Building Committee and Higgins staff have been working on this plan for quite a while. It has been tested and appears to be the best TEMPORARY solution. If everyone can be patient while the kinks are worked out, then it will work. If there are problems that appear, then the plan could be tweaked to address those. The end result is a beautiful new middle school that is going to be a welcome addition to Peabody's school system! : )
Bjean March 01, 2014 at 09:12 PM
Very well put!!! Just have to make drivers more alert.

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