Traffic nightmare continues indefinitely outside Bayless Elementary - KMOV.com

Traffic nightmare continues indefinitely outside Bayless Elementary

Got a call from a parent of a Bayless student this morning.  He's frustrated about the traffic on Hildesheim.  He's not alone.

We went to check it out and saw traffic backed up at least a half a mile down this residential road.

There's construction underway behind the school to eventually take the traffic off that street... at least the back-ups.

I talked to some parents stuck in traffic and they told me it's gotten worse since the school system dropped bus service because of funding issues last year.

But Superintendent Dr. Maureen Clancy-May told me traffic's been bad for a decade.  She says the schools are so close to streets and there no ample parking space on or near campus.

The bond issue to build a lot behind the elementary/intermediate campus was all about improving traffic flow, but construction is still going on.  Turns out at least four utilities are impacted by the project... Ameren Missoui, Laclede Gas, MSD and Missouri American Water.

Dr. Clancy-May tells me, "We're at the mercy of the utilities."

She says one day things will get better for nearby residents but made it clear to me, for parents dropping off their kids, the bumper to bumper experience will continue.

Mark Schnyder is a reporter at KMOV-TV.  Check out his live reports on this issue starting at 6am on Awake with News Four Thursday.

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