Traffic delays expected as Pitt Co. high school students graduate


GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – High levels of traffic are expected to begin Thursday in Greenville as high school students prepare to graduate.

More than 1,500 Pitt County high school seniors will graduate in Minges Coliseum this week. Their step forward could set drivers back on the roads.

This is the first time all six ceremonies will be held during the week, with three schools graduating Thursday and three on Friday. They’re spaced out, starting at 9 a.m, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. both days.

That means drivers will see heavy traffic throughout the day starting at seven in the morning, especially on major roadways surrounding ECU’s athletic complex. That includes Charles Boulevard, 14th Street, 10th Street and Greenville Boulevard.

ECU Police Lieutenant Chris Sutton says extra officers will be on hand, but drivers need to do their part too.

“There’s only so much that the officer can do. If everybody shows up at the same time, you can only run so much water through a water hose. So people should be patient, they should be very aware of their surroundings while they’re driving,” Lt. Sutton said.

Officers will direct traffic each day from seven in the morning until the last car leaves the final graduation. GPD will man major intersections nearby.

Lt. Sutton also wants those attending the ceremonies to be aware of potential delays.

“Everybody that comes through the building has to pass through a metal detector. That’s for graduates as well as the patrons that will be seated in general seating areas. So everybody should be aware of that. That will also help the earlier that they get here to be able to clear the safety checkpoints to get through, passing through the metal detectors,” Lt. Sutton said.

Doors open 90 minutes before each ceremony.

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