School starts next week in Long Beach—here’s what you need to know about traffic

Say goodbye to the (slightly) quicker summer commutes because school’s back in session—and so is traffic.

With Long Beach City College and Cal State Long Beach starting on Monday and Long Beach Unified starting Wednesday, streets are going to be packed with cars and sidewalks with pedestrians.

Long Beach City College

At the Liberal Arts campus, Long Beach police will close the cross streets at Lew Davis Street and Clark Avenue between 7 and 10 a.m. during the first two weeks of the fall semester to help ease traffic congestion.

The college recommends students, faculty and staff use Conant Street to get to Lew Davis Street.

Students can park for free in student areas of Lot M until Sept. 3.

Cal State Long Beach

Traffic on Bellflower Boulevard will be congested from students trying to get to campus. The university is recommending students enter campus from Palo Verde Avenue or Bellflower Boulevard.

Bus routes 121, 171 and the 90’s will also be on detour and not enter campus during peak hours on the first week of school, Long Beach Transit announced Thursday.

As for e-scooters, university policy states that the scooters must be dropped off in the established drop-off zones off-campus.

Long Beach Unified School District

The Long Beach Police Department reminded drivers on Friday to keep an eye out for pedestrian traffic and to not drive distracted. In addition, pedestrians should not jaywalk and should yield to cars on the road when they are outside a crosswalk.

Parents are also reminded to not double park and to always obey all curb markings and parking signs.

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Valerie Osier is a breaking news and crime reporter for the Long Beach Post. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from Cal State University, Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband, Steven, and her cat/child, Jones.