CAROL STREAM – Community Consolidated School District 93 is providing three new school bus routes for students affected by Illini Drive Bridge construction, which is taking place directly across from Jay Stream Middle School in Carol Stream.
“The bridge is a key road for many walkers, and it’s currently closed off,” said Ryan McPherrin, the district’s community relations coordinator. “This creates a much longer walking path for students who walk this route to school.”
McPherrin said there are two alternative bus routes for Carol Stream Elementary School students and one alternative route for Jay Stream Middle School students now in place.
Route one for the elementary school has stops on Eagle View Drive and Arapahoe Trail, and the second route stops on Hiawatha Drive, he said. The middle school route has stops along Arrowhead and Thunderbird trails.
“We picked the best stop for buses to come in and pick up students so they won’t have to walk past hazardous areas,” McPherrin said.
Seventy-two Carol Stream Elementary School students and 27 Jay Stream students have signed up for alternative busing, he said.
“We’ll be offering this as long as the project is going on,” McPherrin said.
Construction for the nearly $545,500 project began this summer, and it is scheduled to be completed by mid-October.
The district is working with the Carol Stream Police Department to have increased police officer presence around both schools to help with traffic flow and make sure students are safe, McPherrin said.