Pelham Ridge Elementary opens, police push new traffic pattern

PELHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Students in Pelham walked through the doors of the new Pelham Ridge Elementary School on Monday.

About 820 students have spent the first few weeks of the school year at Valley Elementary because construction of the new building was delayed.

The new building, off of Applegate Parkway, has brand new art, must and learning facilities.

Parents and students were able to walk around and check out the new school at an orientation on Sunday.

“Bricks and mortar is not what schools are about but it’s certainly apart of it. We feel like this sets are ally high standard for our facility and all these other things we’re extremely proud of it,” said Dr. Scott Coefield, the superintendent of Pelham City Schools.

Prior to the first day of school in the new building, Pelham police and school officials wanted to spread the word about a new traffic pattern that could cause some traffic backups.

Pelham police are encouraging parents to use CR11 to make a loop around the school after picking up and dropping off their kids. The intersection at Applegate Parkway and 52 is considered to be dangerous especially during peak times because there is no traffic light.

Police hope by encouraging parents to avoid that intersection all together, they can keep the flow of steady traffic during the morning and afternoon drop-off periods moving.

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