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Drop-off zones at Central prove effective


Two designated drop-off zones installed last year have improved traffic flow around Manchester High School Central, Principal Ron Mailhot said Thursday.

Mailhot said the situation is 90 percent better than it was before the designated zones on Beech and Lowell streets.

Police Thursday put out an email advisory urging parents to use drop-off zones.

Sgt. Andrew Vincent said a person notified police there was a problem. Some parents stop on Beech Street “in the left-hand travel lane to drop their children off on the left-hand curb,” Vincent said. “It’s not safe.”

Vincent sent out the advisory to 8,000 people who are signed up to receive email messages from emergency agencies.

Mailhot said at least 150 of the school’s 1,925 students are dropped off by adults. He recalled one student who “jumped out in front of car” and was “tapped on her thigh by a bumper” in the last year or two.

Mailhot said nearby construction at Bridge and Maple streets is disrupting the normal traffic flow. Mailhot urged motorists to be careful when traveling around the school.

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