Significant changes have been made for traffic flow around Lebanon High School and Lebanon Middle School prior to this year’s Boone County Fourth of July parade.
“The goal of this new traffic control plan is to alleviate the congestion that residents experienced last year in the area southeast of Lebanon High School,” said Lebanon Police Lt. Brent Wheat, who chaired a recent meeting of public safety and parade representatives. “Quite frankly, it was a mess, and we hope to avoid that.”
Continuing construction at Lebanon High School for the second year eliminates the school’s parking lot as a parade marshaling site. Also this year it removes the possibility of using parking lots on the school’s east side as a turn-around for people who had been using Grant Street to reach Lebanon Middle School, where the parade is again assembling this year.
With that turn-around eliminated, parade organizers were forced to a drastic decision: A traffic checkpoint at Grant and Fordice streets that blocks anyone, other than residents, from Grant Street; the Stable Run, Stable Walk and Simplicity subdivisions; the Millerwood subdivision; Millerwood Apartments; and visitors to Parkwood Health Care Center, 1001 N. Grant St.
Residents of those areas can get windshield placards that will speed clearance at the checkpoint, Wheat said. “We’ll just wave them through,” Wheat said. The placards are available at the Lebanon Police Department, 201 E. Main St., Lebanon, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Proof of residency is required.
See Wednesday's Lebanon Reporter for more on this story.