The bulb out at the elementary school will be demolished and paved to improve traffic flow

 - The bulb out at Crooked River Elementary School will be demolished and replaced with pavement to help improve traffic flow.

Demolition work will begin next week on the bulb out at Crooked River Elementary School, the first step in helping alleviate the traffic congestion.

The bulb-out, also referred to as a curb extension, is a traffic calming measure used to extend the sidewalk. It was installed on the north side of the Head Start building but has caused traffic to back up on Southeast Second Street during the busy drop-off and pick-up times.

Alex Hodge Construction, a Bend-based excavating contractor, will demolish the bulb out next week while school is not in session and plans to pave the area the following week, explained Crook County School District Facilities and Safety Supervisor Leland Bliss.

Should it snow and the pavers are unable to pave, the contractor will put gravel down and come back next spring to pave the area.

The project budget is $24,229, according to Bliss.

"We're going to do the bulb out and stop and see how that affects everything before we spend the rest of the money," said CCSD Board Chair Doug Smith, referring to tentative plans to further improve the traffic congestion at the school.

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