Patience key as GCHS traffic situation unfolds.
Change can be difficult.
With that in mind, no one should have expected something as monumental as a move to a new high school to be without challenges.
When the new Garden City High School opened last week, students and parents faced a different landscape at the facility on Buffalo Way Boulevard. Not all were pleased with what transpired, starting in the moments before the first classes began.
Traffic didn't flow well before school and it was worse afterward, which wasn't much of a surprise considering the change.
In the morning, many motorists didn't realize that two lanes turn left off Mary Street into the school. Many stayed in one lane — no doubt because that's the way to navigate many intersections — and as a result, traffic stalled.
After school, parents picking up students tended to end up in one parking lot near a school exit, while other available lots were lightly used.
School officials aren't taking the various challenges lightly. They not only have an obligation to make sure access to the school is as safe as possible, but also need to ensure that it's convenient for people to go to and from the school in a timely way.
They're working with city public works personnel and Garden City police in studying traffic patterns, and will make adjustments if necessary.
While that's good to know, it seems likely that the traffic issue will clear up on its own as students and adults become more accustomed to the layout, and use traffic lanes and places to pick up and drop off students as intended.
For now, there's no need to panic and blast the school district with claims that the plan was flawed. When motorists encounter a newly designed road, intersection or other traffic feature, there's usually a learning curve.
All involved should acknowledge that such significant change as the move to a new high school for some 2,000 students wasn't going to happen without snags and inconvenience, and take time to better understand the traffic plan at the new GCHS.
And, just as importantly, be patient.