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School Board to get update on road work at Spotsy High on Monday

UPDATE: Check out the full story from today’s Free Lance-Star.

UPDATE: The speed limit before and after school at Spotsylvania High and Post Oak Middle entrances will be 35 mph starting Wednesday, schools Executive Director of Operations Don Upperco just announced during the School Board meeting.

He said there will be flashing signs indicating the speed limit for the school zone.

Those speed changes will start 30 minutes before Spotsylvania High begins classes and run through Post Oak’s starting time in the morning. The speed will be reduced again prior to the release of students at the end of the day and continue through 30 minutes after dismissal at Post Oak Middle.


UPDATE: People have been questioning the speed limit for Lake Anna Parkway that I mentioned in Friday’s story about the issues at the entrances to Spotsylvania High School.

I wrote that the speed limit is 55 mph, based on information I received from the Virginia Department of Transportation.

It turns out, the road will have a 55 mph speed limit once construction is completed. However, while it continues to be a work zone, the speed limit is 45 mph.

The Spotsylvania School Board is scheduled to get an update on the road work taking place in front of  Spotsylvania High School at Monday’s meeting.

School division Executive Director of Operations Donald Upperco is expected to speak about the impact of the Spotsylvania Courthouse Bypass project on the entrances to both Spotsylania High and Post Oak Middle.

On Aug. 16, the Virginia Department of Transportation opened a 4-mile stretch of the project that is part of phase II.

That portion, known as Lake Anna Parkway, passes by the main entrance to Spotsylvania High and ends at the intersection with Post Oak Road, which is the main entrance for Post Oak Middle and the entryway for  parking for the high school students and the school’s ball fields.

Board member Ray Lora has expressed concern about the safety of students as a result of the way the roadway was built.

Monday’s meeting begins at 6:3o p.m. at the school administration building, 8020 River Stone Drive across from Massaponax High School.