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.