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Victory road open for school traffic

8/18/2013

By JUDY SHERARD

jsherard@dailynews.net

Thomas More Prep-Marian Junior-Senior High School's Victory Road, which runs along the north side of O'Loughlin Elementary School, reopened just in time for the start of the new school year.

The Heartland Parish Catholic School Board notified Hays USD 489 officials this summer that because it was in disrepair, they were closing the road to daily traffic.

The road reopened with an altered traffic pattern after last minute meetings between board members and TMP officials.

"Traffic ran smoothly, (and) parents cooperated," O'Loughlin principal Nancy Harman said.

O'Loughlin vehicles must turn in at the Victory Gates and turn around at the Monarch Complex, and drop off and pick up students only on the south side of the road.

"It was inconvenient because it's a change," Harman said.

Lt. Ron Rounkles of the Hays Police Department agreed traffic moved smoothly on O'Loughlin's first day of school.

"There were so many O'Loughlin staff out, it appeared that it ran very smoothly," he said.

However, the real test will come in the next few days as drivers from both schools get used to the changes, Rounkles said.

Those going to TMP-Marian are asked to use the 17th Street entrance only.

Monday night, the USD 489 Board of Education will consider approving an agreement to work with the Catholic Diocese of Salina on road maintenance and to develop a plan for re-construction and repair of the road.