The main Amador Valley High School parking lot reopened for business Tuesday, marking the end of a months-long waiting period for neighbors, students and faculty while seven solar panel structures and a new parking layout were added.
The prolonged closure impacted residents in the immediate area as well as the Amador community.
Work started after school ended in June and wrapped up Monday, though Pleasanton Unified School District officials stated on social media that “parking lot painting/striping will continue throughout the week as we finish the construction portion of this project.”
Principal Josh Butterfield told the Weekly on Tuesday morning that some underground work will also continue but otherwise the lot facing Santa Rita Road is now “serving its purpose” again.
More than 400 parking spaces reopened but only seniors are being issued parking permits on a lottery basis at the moment. Open spots will be for sale to seniors in the class of 2020, then more will be released later to juniors depending on availability.
Even with on-site parking levels returning to normal, PUSD officials still “encourage our Dons to walk, roll or ride Wheels Bus to school and do our part for the environment.” The extra Wheels bus routes and temporary shuttles added during construction will eventually cease operation. A ceremony commemorating the lot's completion will be held some time in the future, according to the district.