MOUNT PLEASANT ‑ Just before the attendance bell rings, the roads around the biggest high school in the state swarm with travelers racing to a beehive of classrooms.

In the afternoon, when the educational day is over, the pattern reverses itself as more than 3,000 Warriors hit the highway.

“It’s nightmarish,” said former Charleston County School District Board of Trustees member Larry Kobrovsky, whose daughter graduated from Wando High.

Some relief from the daily traffic snarl is on the way in the form of a new road under construction behind the school that will connect with Darrell Creek Trail and U.S. Highway 17.

“It ought to flow much better,” said Jeff Scott, school district director of security and emergency management.

Finding a solution is critical because Wando is probably second only to Boeing in North Charleston in terms of commuter congestion, he said.

The new road can’t come soon enough for Chris Marino, director of the Children’s Center at Carolina Park, which is located close to the school on Carolina Park Boulevard.

“It’s really jammed up out there in the morning. Most of my parents have learned to avoid that 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. time period because there are a lot of high school kids,” he said.

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