Parents are outraged after their children are forced to cross a closed bridge to catch their school bus. The bridge on County Road 1 in Jefferson County is causing a stir among Buckeye Local School District parents.
Two mothers said the bridge isn’t just an inconvenience, but it also poses a threat now that they are forced to take their kids up and over a dangerous hill during the winter.
“Whether you have a four wheel drive or not, those hills on each side of us are so treacherous you cant get up or down them without wrecking your vehicles,” said TJ Sarko.
The bridge was deemed unsafe for cars or people to travel on, leaving Glenn Robbins residents no other choice but to use the Yorkville Hill or Mt. Pleasant Hill to get anywhere, including to school.
Parents were sent a letter, informing them that school buses will not be using either route to pick up or drop off students due to the impending bad weather.
Superintendent Mark Miller said they have to air on the side of caution. “We have to use safety and that hill is not safe for a school bus or for emergency personnel,” he said.
Parents were left with the decision to either drive their kids to school themselves, meet the bus at the top of the hill, or walk across the bridge to meet the bus.
Tammy Ring said she does not have a problem with the school district’s decision, but she is concerned that the bridge is taking a while to repair, and she is concerned for the Glenn Robbins community.
“The elderly have no way in and out, we have no way for ambulances, no way for fire trucks, when the hill is bad, we have no way out at all,” she said.
TJ and Tammy said a new bridge will be going in this summer, but a temporary bridge will be built by December 12. In the meantime, they said they are worried about their child’s safety.