In 2016, as part of the construction of the Charles City Middle School the Charles City Community School District was required to install Comet Drive to accommodate anticipated traffic flow. Today, as part of the baseball field development the school will be removing a portion of Comet Drive to provide the required space for the baseball field.
In discussions with construction officials, an idea was suggested to not replace the portion of Comet Drive that is being removed. In cooperation with the City of Charles City, we explored this option. Charles City Community Schools Senior Leadership examined traffic patterns and closely monitored vehicle traffic around the Charles City High School and Charles City Middle School campuses.
On Friday, September 20, 2019 we received the approval of the Charles City Board of Adjustments to forgo permanent replacement of Comet Drive.
On Monday, September 23, 2019 the board of education approved a change order to forego the replacement of the section of Comet Drive that was removed.
Here’s what this means:
Charles City Community Schools will not replace the section of Comet Drive from the high school parking lot to the south driveway.
Here are some important things you need to know:
- Forgoing replacement of Comet Drive will save approximately $138,000 in construction costs.
- This plan will provide more green space for rainwater runoff.
- As part of the middle school construction, a detention pond was built to accommodate stormwater drainage. As part of the drainage system for the ball diamonds, a channel will be constructed to siphon water to the detention pond. This will further improve stormwater drainage in the area.
- We experienced normal traffic flow this year at the Charles City High School and Charles City Middle School even though Comet Drive has been closed to thru-traffic.
- During the construction of the middle school, the Charles City Community School District followed local requirements in the installation of Comet Drive.
- We continue to be good neighbors and have engaged with several local neighbors to answer questions.
- We will continue to connect the baseball diamond and softball diamond with sidewalks as specified in the plans.
- Residents who live at the nearby apartments will still have access to the single campus through the sidewalks around the diamonds.
- An unintended outcome of Comet Drive was the excessive speed some drivers chose to travel while driving on the road.
Did you know...
- Charles City FFA students have planted more than 130 trees in Floyd County in the last 5 years
- Charles City FFA students have planted more than 500 trees in Floyd County in the last 25 years