BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Reconstruction work is progressing on Washington Valley Road, hopefully no longer to the detriment of the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District.
“Obviously the district has been dramatically impacted,” said Superintendent Russell Lazovick at the May 14 meeting of the Bridgewater-Raritan Board of Education.
He said the district has been working with Somerset County and Bridgewater Township on the matter, although the schools had no control over the county-led project, which Lazovick added had been in the planning phase for years. He also recalled how when the work on Washington Valley Road had originally started, changes in the construction had not necessarily been communicated to the school district, which had sometimes made it difficult for school buses to get through.
“We’ve prepared a number of different routes,” said the superintendent.
Lazovick thanked Bridgewater-Raritan students and their families for their continued patience, along with the district’s teachers and administrators. He said he met with county and town representatives last week, and that it was guaranteed there willl be one safe thruway at construction points that will allow school buses to pass through, even if a road is closed to other traffic.
Some bus routes will also be split, with the goal of keeping bus travel times under 45 minutes. It is believed that all the construction concerns and issues regarding the schools will be addressed shortly.
“We understand your frustration,” said Lazovick to the audience that evening, “and we’re working to do better.”