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Bellegrass neighborhood road closed to school traffic

LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

Oak Grove Lower Elementary School traffic will no longer be flowing through the Bellegrass neighborhood. 

District 4 Supervisor Phillip Carlisle said for years approximately 250 non-resident cars have come through the neighborhood each day to either drop-off or pick-up students.

"It's the right thing to do it makes the neighborhood a lot safer. The houses are not like your typical neighborhood, the houses are built close to the street and there are a ton of children," said Philip Carlisle, District 4 Supervisor.

Oak Grove Lower Elementary students have received flyers at school with a new carline map and social media forums have been used to help spread the word about this traffic change. Signs will also be placed on the gate of the neighborhood to remind people that they can no longer go through Bellegrass. Highway patrol will be stationed at the front entrance tomorrow to help direct traffic the correct way.

"We appreciate everyone coming together as a community and showing patience because it's taken so long. This will help protect our children," said Barbara Wilson, Bellegrass Director of Sales.

Wilson also said that over the years there have been a few close calls with children, so residents are very excited that this change has finally happening.

Superintendent Tess Smith reiterated the importance of safety for all involved. Smith continued to mention that there will be a slightly different route that parents and guardians will take to school.

"I'm excited that the Lower is going to have its own entrance. That will help with their identity as a school," said Tess Smith, Lamar County Superintendent.

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