JACKSON CO., Ala. (WHNT) — The Jackson County Commission is discussing the pros and cons to shutting down part of County Road 61.
County Road 61 takes drivers right through the middle of the Pisgah High School campus. Students have to walk across the road, which on a normal day stays busy, to get across the school grounds.
So the Jackson County School Board is asking the Commission to shut that particular part of the road down. “The goal would be to close it permanently, it being a federally funded access way I don’t know that we can close it just certain hours of the week,” Commission Chair Matthew Hodges says.
Hodges says the county gets federal dollars for that road, and that limits what they can do with it. “So we would have to close it fully or take it off that federal list and we could have a lot more leeway on how we operated it,” Hodges says.
Hodges says there are pros and cons to shutting it down that need to be considered.
One of them is the fact the road is a major route in the area. “So there are folks who will be impacted if it is closed, but in the same sense there is a decent alternative route if it is closed,” Hodges says.
He says that alternative route is about the same travel time as the county road. Hodges says the main issue at hand though, is what would be best for the students’ safety and their decision will based on that. “The biggest argument for closing the road obviously is the safety of the children.”
The Commission is going to continue to discuss this issue in the next few weeks, and they hope to be able to vote on it at the first meeting of the next month.
Hodges says there are still a lot of issues that need to be discussed.
Hodges says there are not any recent reports of students getting hurt on that road while at school.