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updated: 8/22/2014 1:59 PM

Dist. 93 adds bus routes to avoid bridge work

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By Safiya Merchant

Three new school bus routes will be operating Monday in Carol Stream Elementary District 93 for students who might otherwise have trouble reaching classes because of ongoing work to replace the Illini Drive bridge.

Two of the routes will serve students from Carol Stream Elementary School and the third will be for students at Jay Stream Middle School.

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Community Relations Coordinator Ryan McPherrin said the routes will serve students who typically walk to school but now would find their paths blocked by the bridge work.

"We don't want them to in any way think they should cross through a construction zone or anything like that or jeopardize their safety in any way whatsoever," McPherrin said.

The bus routes will be in place as long as the bridge project lasts, he said.

Work on the project to replace the deteriorating bridge is expected to be completed in October, officials said.

"We're working hand in hand with the village, just trying to provide a safe passage for our students and we're getting a lot of support from the police department," McPherrin said.

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