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India Hook school officials urge patience, say backups will ease in a few weeks

Traffic headed to India Hook Elementary School backs up on Twin Lakes Road on Wednesday afternoon. Cars lined Twin Lakes Road from the school's entrance all the way to Mount Gallant Road and back in the opposite direction.
Traffic headed to India Hook Elementary School backs up on Twin Lakes Road on Wednesday afternoon. Cars lined Twin Lakes Road from the school's entrance all the way to Mount Gallant Road and back in the opposite direction.

The first day of school in Rock Hill went smoothly Wednesday, with the exception of large traffic backups near India Hook Elementary School.

Cars lined Twin Lakes Road from the entrance to the school to Mount Gallant Road and back the opposite direction.

"It's just the first day of school, and we know our bus traffic will pick up substantially within the first few weeks," said Elaine Baker, spokeswoman for the district.

Baker said elementary school parents tend to be more comfortable dropping their children off at first, but once that dies down, the traffic will, too.

Parents should leave extra time to get to school in the mornings, when other people might be using the roads to get to work, and should send their children to school on buses as soon as they are comfortable, Baker said.

India Hook Principal Crystal Guyton said the school is encouraging parents to access Twin Lakes Road from Celanese Road instead of Mount Gallant to keep the Mount Gallant intersection from getting swamped.

Guyton also said many children will begin the afterschool Challenger program Monday, alleviating some of the pick-up traffic.

"Usually, it's the first two days parents want to make sure their kids know the routine," she said.

If the traffic persists, the district will evaluate whether it needs to take additional action.

Guyton said improvements are planned for the Mount Gallant intersection this fall. In the meantime, a York County sheriff's deputy will be there directing cars.

Cars began lining up in India Hook's lengthy drop-off loop before 2 p.m. Wednesday and had backed out onto the main road by 2:15 p.m.

"I'm grateful for the new school," parent Charlie Gibson said as he waited in line in his car. "It's closer to the house, but at the same time, it'd be easier to go to another school further away."

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