D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Because of a huge road construction project, driving around D'iberville these days is challenging enough. Now, throw in the first day of school and it becomes even more of a challenge. That was the situation Thursday morning at D'Iberville Middle School on Lamey Bridge Road.
Lt. Shannon Nobles is with the D'Iberville Police Department.
"The main thing is to have officers in place with blue lights and directing people to go slowly and to make sure we get these kids to school safely," Nobles explained.
All the police officers know the job that has to be done. One of them is Capt. Terry Hines.
"I just want to keep traffic flowing and get everybody in Warrior Drive safely without causing an accidents and reducing any accidents that do happen," Hines said.
Despite the traffic jam, some of the children still arrive in high style, riding in a limo. For the drivers, the morning commute that comes to a standstill is frustrating. One of them is Nancy Hegland.
"I hope they get this straightened sometime soon because this is going to be hard every morning for the parents, very hard," Hegland said.
Another is Ashley Gordon.
"I think they need a better situation on it. I'm way behind. That's what I'm doing right now, behind. I've got to go to the elementary school too," Gordon said.
Other drivers, like David Ballard, took the glass half full approach to the slowdown.
"It's moving pretty fast so it's not too bad. They're doing a good job of directing traffic."
Here at the middle school, the traffic congestion got so bad shortly after 7am, teachers actually had to act as traffic cops, a job they didn't seem to mind. Just listen to Judy Myers.
"I enjoy it, I like to see the children the first thing in the morning and wish them a good day and we're all just really excited. It works well," Myers said.
For now, the only goal is to make sure the traffic plan works even better as the year goes on.
Police officials say they'll have at least three units at each school for the next few days directing traffic, and evaluate the situation day by day after that.