Traffic and Construction

Zabrina Le, Staff Writer

From white-washing the ‘B’ to our very own school song, Bingham has a lot of traditions we know and love, so let’s go over why they came to be.

At Bingham the traffic starts to build up around 7:15-7:20 in the morning, and that’s the time most kids are leaving their houses. In order to get to school on time, students are rushed through their morning routine only to be stopped by construction and traffic. Many students take Bangerter Highway to school, whether it’s on the bus or in the car. The Construction on Bangerter Highway started in spring of 2017, and the highway won’t be done until fall of 2018, according to UDOT.

The project involves shifting the roads, and this will affect many people. For residents in that area their backyards are being torn to expand the highway, so they end up with less for what they paid for. Not only did the construction impact the residents in that area, but they also affected the movement of traffic. Construction slows down the movement of cars; because of this, kids hit stop-and-go traffic that can take more than 30 minutes to clear. By the time they get to school they’ve missed the beginning of class and are tardy.

Most kids prefer to take their own car if they can drive rather than ride the bus. Whether it’s carpool, parents dropping you off, or driving yourself, most kids go by car to school.  A survey showed that the majority of kids drive to school; eight out of eleven kids said they went by car to school. There is the option of going on buses, but many students don’t like to ride the bus. According to Nicole Monds, a sophomore who rides the bus, one of the main reasons kids don’t ride the bus is the fact that they arrive at school before 7:00. Waking up early is one of the struggles many students face, so being able to wake up extra early is not an option.

For students who drive to school there are many obstacles they face every morning. The morning traffic leaves Bingham’s students on the road instead of in class.