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Leesburg police say they expect traditional traffic jam on first day of school

Leesburg Police expect the traditional first day of school traffic jam Friday (Source: WALB) Leesburg Police expect the traditional first day of school traffic jam Friday (Source: WALB)
Police and school officials both urge drivers in the morning to be patient (Source: WALB) Police and school officials both urge drivers in the morning to be patient (Source: WALB)
Lee County School Superintendent Dr. Jason Miller (Source: WALB) Lee County School Superintendent Dr. Jason Miller (Source: WALB)
Leesburg Police School Resource Officer Lt. Jason Anthony (Source: WALB) Leesburg Police School Resource Officer Lt. Jason Anthony (Source: WALB)
LEESBURG, GA (WALB) -

Leesburg Police expect the traditional first day of school traffic jam Friday in downtown, and they are reminding drivers to use the north bypass if possible.

The first day of school for Lee County is always exciting for the students. But that first day also traditionally means a big traffic mess.

"On the first day of school many people like to bring their children to school," said Lee County School Superintendent Dr. Jason Miller.

And in the past that always meant downtown Leesburg became overwhelmed with cars, especially in the downtown square. Leesburg police will be directing traffic, but they ask drivers to remember the north and west bypasses.

"We ask that people traveling south take the Leesburg bypass. Take the new Leesburg bridge. If you are going to Twin Oaks Elementary, to the 9th grade campus,or if you are going to Lee County Middle School West," said Leesburg Police School Resource Officer Lt. Jason Anthony.

Police say if you are going to those schools, even coming from the south it might be easier to go to the north bypass.  

"We want to caution everyone to plan ahead," said Miller. "Take your time. Be careful when you are driving into Leesburg."

It could be raining in the morning, and that will create more concerns.  So police and school officials suggest if you are going to drive your child to school on the first day, leave early.

"Realize it's going to take a little longer on this day, coming to school and going home from school," said Miller.

"Get their kids to school on time," said Anthony. "And also people have to be to work.  So we want to make sure people get to work at a reasonable time as well."

Police and school officials both urge drivers in the morning to be patient, because there will be a lot of traffic. Leave early to make sure your student is on time for their first day.

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