Magna Vista Graduation

Some Magna Vista High School graduates throw their caps into the air during commencement in 2017.

This is graduation week in Henry County, and that means a lot of traffic issues.

For reference, here’s a full list of graduation dates and times:

Carlisle School, 6 p.m., Friday

Bassett High School, 7 p.m. Friday

Magna Vista High School, 9 a.m. Saturday

Martinsville High School, 10 a.m. Saturday

Patrick County High School, 7 p.m. May 31

Because graduations occur on school campuses and a large swell of family members attend, law enforcement officials put out traffic warnings around the schools.

In fact, flashing signs already are in place on U.S. 220 to alert those planning to attend the Magna Vista graduation or simply to those who typically travel that busy highway.

For instance, those attending Magna Vista’s commencement must use Route 687 (Soapstone Road) to travel to the school.  Route 688 (Lee Ford Camp Road) will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

All traffic must use Soapstone Road from U.S. 220, U.S. 58 or Joseph Martin Highway.

Traffic on Magna Vista School Road will be one way, using both lanes to the parking areas.

Likewise those attending around the time of Bassett High’s graduation are encouraged to beware  heavy traffic between 6 and 9 p.m. on Riverside Drive, TB Stanley Highway, The Great Road and U.S. 220. 

Traffic will enter Bassett High School  using two lanes separated by traffic cones. Drivers are asked not to switch lanes for reasons of safety and speed. Officers and attendants will be on hand to assist with parking.

With both schools, traffic will be controlled by Henry County Sheriff’s office, and message boards will also be in place to provide directional information.

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