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Public Meeting Thursday to Address Traffic Impact of New Williamsburg School

Arlington Public Schools plans two new elementary schools and three school expansions to cope with the increasing demands on its capacity.

Arlington Public Schools is holding a community meeting Thursday night regarding a traffic impact study for a new $35 million elementary school planned for the Williamsburg Middle School campus.

The meeting is for parents and community members. It's 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Williamsburg Middle School auditorium, 3600 N. Harrison St.

"There are some concerns of traffic in that area — just that adding an elementary school to the area is going to increase traffic for the neighborhood," schools spokesman Frank Bellavia said.

Specific projections as to how many more cars are expected on the roads in the surrounding community are not yet available, Bellavia said.

The proposed school on the Williamsburg campus is one of two new elementary schools and three school expansions planned to deal with the strains on the system's capacity for an increasing number of students.

The school will be about 90,000 square feet. Construction is slated to begin in January 2014 and conclude in summer 2015.

For more information, visit the Arlington Public Schools information page.

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