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Traffic patterns to change at Fox Chapel Area High School as construction project start nears

Jan Pakler | for The Herald
Traffic patterns will change on Monday, March 31, 2014, at Fox Chapel Area High School in anticipation of construction that will break ground in April.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Traffic patterns at Fox Chapel Area High School are expected to change March 31 in anticipation of the district's estimated $46 million construction project that will break ground in April.

Most significantly, buses will drop-off and pick-up students in front of the high school.

Other changes will move student parking to the lot behind the auditorium; parent drop-off before and after school will also be near the auditorium entrance in the rear of the school.

The front driveway will be open for parent drop-off and pick-up during school hours from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Senior Principal Michael Hower said changes to traffic patterns will be made on March 31 to give students, staff and parents time to acclimate.

There will be extra school staff at each entrance and drop-off area to help with any confusion, he said.

Built in 1961, the high school will be the focus of a sweeping project that brings upgrades to all six district buildings. Work will include a new pool, auditorium overhaul with new sound system, seating, curtains and lighting, locker room upgrades and a reconfiguration of space to create classrooms dedicated to project-based learning and hands-on experiments for science, technology, engineering, math and medicine courses.

“In order for these renovation projects to occur, we will have to make some modifications to traffic patterns, entrances and parking lots to ensure the safety of our students and provide areas for construction materials,” Hower said.

School board members are expected to award bids for the project in April.

District-wide, the work will last three years and be completed in phases.

Bonnie Berzonski, district coordinator of communications, said no impact is expected on classrooms nor does she expect students to be moved to accommodate work.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-782-2121, ext. 2 or at

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