CPCC starts with clogged traffic

Summer vacation has ended for students who attend Central Piedmont Community College and the Chester County Schools in South Carolina.

This is the first day of classes for both institutions.

At CPCC, students arriving for classes this morning have encountered major traffic problems at the Central Campus.

Construction on Elizabeth Avenue and the typical slowdowns that happen on the first day of school have combined to create clogged traffic on Charlottetown Avenue and other nearby streets – Kings Drive, Seventh Street, Fourth Street and Third Street. Elizabeth Avenue is closed between Kings Drive and Charlottetown Avenue, and Charlottetown Avenue traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction near the school. All of that is due to construction.

Motorists who normally drive near the CPCC Central Campus today can expect delays. Some traffic congestion also is likely near the college's other campuses.

The Chester County Schools also start the 2008-09 academic year today.

School systems elsewhere in South Carolina also begin this week.

The first day of classes will be Wednesday for students in the Clover, Fort Mill, Rock Hill and York schools in York County, and in Chesterfield County. Thursday is the first day for the Lancaster County Schools. Students in grades 6 and 9 in the Rock Hills Schools reported Tuesday.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and nearby systems in North Carolina begin next Monday. UNC Charlotte also starts next Monday.