Attention Old Jacksonville Highway morning commuters: The city of Tyler and Tyler ISD have officially set the times when the new Three Lakes Middle School speed limit will be in effect.
Starting Aug. 24, the speed limit will drop from 50 to 35 mph on about 800 feet on Old Jacksonville for roughly three hours a day. The speed on Three Lakes Parkway and Highlands Lane — two other roads near the school — will drop from 30 to 20 mph for four hours a day.
School zones will be active on three roads surrounding the school, including Old Jacksonville Highway, Three Lakes Parkway and Highlands Lane, according to the district.
On Old Jacksonville, the overhead lights will be flashing from 7 to 8:30 a.m. and from 2:30 to 4 p.m., according to Traffic Engineer Peter Eng.
At the request of the Texas Department of Transportation, which maintains the road, the flashing times are 30 minutes briefer than other school zones in the city.
On Three Lakes Parkway and Highlands Lane, the 20 mph school zone will be active from 7 to 9 a.m. and from 2 to 4 p.m., Eng said. It will be identified using signs, and extend roughly 400 feet on either side of the intersection with Old Jacksonville.
There also will be one crossing guard at the intersection, but the number of crossing guards and their locations may increase or decrease based on how many students walk to school, Eng said.
"No one knows how many kids are crossing," he said. "We want to make sure we are prepared. … If there's a need for them at other locations, at this time we don't know."