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Bumper-to-bumper traffic on first day of school

By Roslyn Giles

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Monday was the first day of school for students in Muscogee County as 33,000 headed back to the classroom. For some parents, the first day was not smooth. There were huge traffic jams around several schools within the district.

Traffic was backed up for miles near Blackmon Road Middle school.  Some parents pulled over to the side of the road and opted to walk their children to class.

"I think that something needs to be done about it, in order for the kids to be in school on time.  We left home in plenty enough time to have him in school. I believe if I wouldn't have done that, pulled over, he would have been late," explained Melanie Danielly.

Brigitte Denson got out of the bumper-to-bumper traffic to get her daughter in class sooner. "You always expect it the first day of school. You leave early and then adjust."

Veterans Parkway northbound also gets heavily congested during school start and end times.  Parents dropping off students at Veterans Memorial Middle School, North Columbus Elementary and Northside High experienced extended wait times as well.  

Among the 33,000 students enrolled in the district, 12,500 ride the bus.  Nearly 60% of students are car riders or walk to school.  

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