FAIRFIELD, NJ — The reopening of Stevenson School presented some traffic complications that have caused the Fairfield Police Department to institute some changes to the traffic flow outside the school.
"When planning anything, sometimes things look good on paper but in practicality, they do not work out as planned. Unfortunately, that was the case on morning of Monday, April 12 during the drop-off period during the re-opening of Stevenson School," Fairfield Police Chief Anthony Manna said in a statement. "Because of the sheer number of cars, we identified a variety of issues with our initial traffic plan to include traffic backing up onto Hollywood Avenue, which forced cars approaching the curve at Long Acres Road to potentially go into oncoming traffic."
Manna said that the cars waiting to make a left turn onto Long Acres Road from Hollywood Avenue prevent other vehicles from continuing on Hollywood Avenue "for a substantial period of time because there is not sufficient space for these vehicles to pass. As such, we must immediately adjust this traffic plan as these conditions cannot be allowed to continue."
The following adjustments went into effect on Tuesday:
• Long Acres Road will be closed at Hollywood Avenue for all vehicular traffic beginning at 8:00 AM until approximately 9 a.m. and again at 12:15 p.m. until approximately 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Only school buses will be permitted to enter Long Acres Road from Hollywood Avenue. No other vehicles will be permitted to access Long Acres Road between these hours from Hollywood Avenue. Vehicles will be permitted to exit Long Acres Road onto Hollywood Avenue at all times during this closure.
• All vehicles that are coming to Stevenson School for the purpose of dropping off or picking up students will now enter Long Acres Road from Big Piece Road and will line up along the right-side curb line of Long Acres Road. If the line on Long Acres Road reaches Big Piece Road, an officer will then direct vehicles to form a line using Cole Road so that vehicles do not back up onto Big Piece Road. The drivers of all vehicles should follow the instructions of officers directing traffic. Standing vehicles should not block any residential driveways.
• After a vehicle drops off or picks up a student at Stevenson School, and they reach the intersection of Knoll Road and Long Acres Road, they will be directed by a police officer to make a left turn onto Long Acres Road and exit the area via Hollywood Avenue.
• Police officers will be positioned at the intersection of Long Acres Road and Hollywood Avenue, the intersection of Long Acres Road and Knoll Road and at the intersection of Long Acres Road and Cole Road, between the hours of 8 AM and 9 AM and between 12:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, to assist with traffic flow and direction for as long as is deemed necessary.
• No parking restrictions will be lifted for Farmstead Lane and for the area of Long Acres Road between Knoll Road and Hollywood Avenue.
• No parking restrictions between the hours of 7-9 a.m. and noon-2 p.m. Monday through Friday, will remain in effect for all of Knoll Road and will be put in place for Long Acres Road, between Knoll Road and Cole Road on both sides of the street, and on Cole Road on both sides of the street. This provision will be strictly enforced. Please let landscapers and contractors who may be coming to your home to perform a service that they cannot park on the street during these restricted times.
"Once again, I apologize for any inconvenience this is causing you and your family. I assure you that the police department is doing the best it can as we move forward during this public health emergency," Manna said. "As always, I thank you for your patience and your anticipated cooperation."