I-95 tree cutting could delay East Lyme school buses

East Lyme — The schools' superintendent has informed parents and guardians that the trimming and cutting of trees on Interstate 95 South between East Lyme and Old Lyme may lead to delays for afternoon school buses.

The state Department of Transportation's project to remove trees damaged by gypsy moths along the southbound lanes of I-95, which includes a right lane closure between Exit 74 in East Lyme and Exit 70 in Old Lyme, began Monday and is scheduled to be completed by Oct. 9, weather permitting. The work is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, according to DOT.

Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Newton said in the letter that the school district is working with the police department to assist with traffic to help expedite travel on town roads during peak afternoon hours. Schools also are working to make slight bus dismissal adjustments to help speed up the departure of buses.

The school district will continue to notify parents and guardians through the Infinite Campus messenger system if buses will be late by more than 20 minutes, he wrote.

"If you are picking up your child from school, please give yourself ample time for travel on town roads during afternoon hours," he added.

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