TAMPA, Fla. — When it’s pick up time at Mary Bryant Elementary and Farnell Middle School you better get there early — otherwise, you’ll spill onto Nine Eagles Drive.
As you drive up to the school there is just one lane and a median, that then becomes a barrier.
“If the line doesn’t move, the traffic doesn’t move,” said nearby resident Sheryl Gomes.
Gomes lives in the area and says she leaves extra early in the morning to avoid the backup.
“People drive on the opposite side of the street to cut through Walgreens,” she said.
Some parents avoid the back-up altogether by parking in the neighboring shopping plaza and picking up their kids out front.
The Hillsborough County School District is aware of the congestion. They’ve got signs and extra staff working traffic detail.
They say it’s just an issue of volume at this point and things typically calm down after the first week or so.
They ask all drivers to be patient and courteous to others.