Construction begins on CdM High's pool parking lot

Construction on the Corona del Mar High School pool parking lot has begun with hopes that traffic will flow more smoothly during drop off and pick up when school begins in September.

Last fall, members of the schools PTA complained about congestion in the lot and demanded changes.

“The bus drop off has been moved to a new dedicated space off Eastbluff to keep the buses entirely out of the north lot,” according to an email written by Deputy Superintendent Paul Reed, which was sent by Laura Boss, a Newport-Mesa Unified School District spokeswoman. “That alone, plus the expanded stacking space in the lot itself, should improve traffic around CdM in the crazy morning period.”

District officials worked with the school’s resource police officer and city of Newport Beach traffic engineers to formulate a plan that would reduce congestion. Officials implemented a trial run of the reconfiguration in May.

The email said that district and city officials had “high hopes” that traffic flow would improve with the changes.

“Of course, the morning commute for residents paired with the start time of a 7-12 campus will always have its challenges. We’re hopeful they will be lesser challenges, however.”

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