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Meriden parents concerned about traffic at elementary school

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MERIDEN, CT (WFSB) -

Due to the growth of an elementary school in Meriden, parents are concerned the increase in morning and afternoon traffic will endanger students.

Hanover Elementary School is bustling with close to 600 students. Because of the tight space behind the school and everyone coming and going at the same time, some parents are worried about a child being hit by motor vehicle.

"You are turning around with kids coming out of school," said Joann Orris, of Meriden. "They park on the other side where there's no parking. Buses can't get down, can't get through. It's a nightmare."

School Principal David Mierzejewski said the problem started after they made their kindergarten class full-day. It led to more parents picking up kids at the same time.

There is more staff because special education programs were added to the school. It is a one-to-one student-teacher ratio, officials said.

Parents, who were dropping off and picking up students Friday, told Eyewitness News there just isn't any place to park.

Meriden police Officer Fred Rivera tries to be at the school every day to help keep things moving.

"I try to talk to the parents, be patient," Rivera said. "I know you're frustrated. You want to pick up your kids. I'm a parent too, you just need a little patience, take a step back."

Some neighbors of the school said they are open to ideas such as making the street near the school one-way to keep everyone going in the same direction.

"For this road to be one-way - from someone who lives here - it wouldn't bother me whatsoever," said Tom Goldach, of Meriden.

The school is also looking at a plan to allow some students to stay in the school for an extra 10 minutes, so their parent can miss the traffic and pull right up to the school for pickup.

"So maybe try to get here a little bit earlier to get a spot or try to get here a little later," Rivera said.

The school is also working with the city to see if there are any infrastructure changes that can be done. The problem is that Hanover Elementary School and its parking area are pretty landlocked in the neighborhood.

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