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Alternate bus routes are planned for the coming school year, and additional safety measures
will be implemented, such as the placement of sheriff’s deputies on either end of Old Blevins
Creek Road when buses are running. Submitted photo

Originally published: 2013-08-06 18:29:10
Last modified: 2013-08-09 11:10:11

ACS busing aims for efficiency, safety around Highway 194 detour

Caroline Harris / (

With around-the-clock construction already underway on Highway 194, Avery County Schools is working to minimize the impact of the detour on busing schedules.

ACS Superintendent David Burleson emphasized safety as the top priority in getting students to school.

Meetings with the NCDOT, Avery County Schools Transportation Director Brian King and Avery County Maintenance Engineer Jerry Combs resulted in the decision to allow busses to travel on the Old Blevins Creek Road detour.

“We just talked about safety, number one, making sure our children were safe,” Burleson said. “And they felt like the Old Blevins Creek was no more unsafe than it was before the slide. We’ve traveled that road for as long as the busses have been running, when it was the main thoroughfare. And we’ve got an added safety feature.”

The Avery County Sheriff’s Department will post a deputy on each end of Old Blevins Creek Road in the morning and afternoons when the busses run to ensure that no large truck or vehicle comes down the road.

“Even though the sign says no big trucks or tour busses, that doesn’t mean they might not go through there. We certainly appreciate our sheriff’s department for adding that additional level of security for us,” Burleson said.

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