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Residents voice concerns about traffic near Southwest Charter Academy

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Residents near the new location of Southwest Charter Academy on East McNeese St. say that traffic congestion is "out of control" in the area.

One resident, Chris Spillar, who lives in a neighborhood off of South Park Drive, says it's a small street that has been turned into a drop-off and pickup location for parents.

"The problem I ran into was just horrible traffic. You would've thought it just came out of nowhere, and nobody knew what happened or what was going to happen or what was going on," said Spiller. "It was just poorly planned and poorly executed."

Others who live and work near the new school say it's thrown a wrench into their daily routines.

"I had to ask someone to let me in, because the entire road was blocked all the way to our business," said Cassie Trahan, an employee at Builders Sav-Mor. "We couldn't even get into our job."

Trahan said transportation is crucial for their business, but some trucks were not able to get to their store that morning.

A Builders Sav-Mor employee said some parents even parked in the Builder Sav-Mor lot and let their children walk to the school.

However, some say progress is now being made. Eric Schram, Store Manager at Builders Sav-Mor, said, "It looks like the kids are actually getting dropped off faster on the second day, and it looks like they got it under control."

School administrators say they are working hard to make the process more efficient for everyone.

"It's a whole new neighborhood not used to having a school with 860 students. Today was much better. Tomorrow will be even better. Monday is going to be perfect," said Henry Mancuso, Executive Secretary of the charter school board.

School administrators say they were already working to address the traffic concerns before being approached by KPLC. They also said anyone with future concerns may call the school's front office for help.

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