BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – A project to widen Concord Road in Brentwood has been postponed until next summer, easing the fears of some parents who thought the scheduled work would affect the county's school bus schedule.
Last week, in a News 2's That is Messed Up segment, country star Trace Adkins worried about a looming change to his children's school bus route.
“We were forewarned that our children would have to catch the bus as early as 45 minutes earlier than what they would normally catch the bus,” the singer told News 2, just days before heading out west for a tour with fellow country star Toby Keith.
Monday, Adkins' publicist said he would be “pleased” to hear of the contractor's decision to move the project to next May, when school is not in session.
In a memo issued Monday, Brentwood Assistant City Manager Kirk Bednar cited two reasons.
The first was “concern that the project was starting so late in the summer that there was a chance that if anything went wrong from a timing standpoint, they could end up having this section of the road tore up and not be able to get it done before winter, thus leaving a mess over the winter months.”
The second reason cited was “acknowledgement that trying to coordinate the closing during the summer months would be desirable for all affected parties.”
Carol Birdsong, spokesperson for Williamson County Schools, said the district had planned to reroute some buses but said the effect on most families would have been minimal.
Classes are set to begin in Williamson County August 13.
Birdsong recommends every parent visit the district's Web site and check their child's bus route.