When and where to expect delays in Spring Hill Thursday as new school year begins


When and where to expect delays in Spring Hill Thursday as new school year begins

PHOTO: Main Street will be heavily trafficked Thursday due to both Spring Hill High School and Spring Hill Elementary School. / Photo by Alexander Willis

By ALEXANDER WILLIS

School is back in session for many Spring Hill residents, with those attending one of six Maury County schools starting their first day of school Thursday. Longtime residents are well aware of the city’s congestion problems, something that is often exacerbated on the first day of school.

To better help the community avoid unnecessary headaches (and potential road rage), here are areas in Spring Hill to avoid on Thursday, as well as when to avoid them.

More: Check here to see bus schedules, school hours and more in the Home Page’s Spring Hill back-to-school guide

Kedron Road / Mahlon Moore Road

Congestion periods: 7:15 – 8:45 a.m., 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.

With two new schools – Battle Creek Elementary and Middle – opening their doors for the first time Thursday, this intersection is best left avoided during peak traffic hours. Drivers looking to travel east and west on the southern portion of the city are advised to instead use Saturn Parkway or John Lunn Road.

Main Street between Kedron Parkway and Duplex Road

Congestion periods: 7:45 – 8:45 a.m., 2:45 – 3:45 p.m.

Main Street is already the city’s most trafficked road, and the first day of school isn’t likely to do anything to help. For drivers wanting to travel down U.S. 31, using Kedron Road, Old Kedron Road and Miles Johnson Parkway to the east would be ideal for avoiding traffic during peak traffic hours.

Derryberry Lane North

Congestion periods: 7:45 – 8:45 a.m., 2:45 – 3:45 p.m.

Sitting below Saturn Parkway on Port Royal, Marvin Write Elementary School is mostly tucked away off the main roads, though will likely see some slight backups collect on Port Royal Road. Unfortunately, drivers are left without many other options for traversing this part of the city, but would do best to avoid Derryberry Lane North during peak traffic hours.

Cleburne Road

Congestion periods: 7:15 – 8:15 a.m., 2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Traffic at Spring Hill Middle School will likely cause some slight delays along Clebrune Road and Beechcroft Road. Much like near Port Royal Road, drivers unfortunately don’t have many other options to circumvent Cleburne Road, and are advised to avoid the road if possible during peak traffic hours.

Main Street south of Saturn Parkway

Congestion periods: 7:15 – 8:15 a.m., 2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Spring Hill High School often leaves drivers going southbound on U.S. 31 backed up for minutes, so drivers would do well to avoid going south in this area during peak traffic hours. If heading to Columbia, or otherwise south of Spring Hill, drivers would do best to simply take I-65. 

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