UPDATE: Thousands of UVa Students Return to Charlottesville This Weekend

August 23, 2013

Many upperclassmen and student-athletes are already back in town, but folks around Charlottesville may want to avoid the University of Virginia area this weekend.

An estimated 6,000 students are expected to begin checking into University housing Friday, August 23, as move-in weekend kicks off.

“Our department will have about 50 people spread around five first-year housing areas to assist families,” said Rebecca White, director of the Department of Parking and Transportation. “Their tasks will be to be sure the traffic flows are followed, people get parked safety… unload quickly and then move on to the long-term parking at the stadium.”

University Police officers, as well as police from Charlottesville and Albemarle County, will assist with traffic control around UVa grounds.

“Our primary focus will be safety, assisting with any medical calls, assisting with traffic flow, registering bicycles and providing overall support to the parents and students,” University Police Lt. Christopher Easton said.

Officials say common traffic choke points for local drivers to avoid are McCormick Road between the Emmet Street ramp and Bonnycastle Drive, Alderman Road at both Stadium Road and Tree House Drive, and the Alderman/McCormick intersection.

The peak hours of congestion are expected to be from 9 AM to 3 PM on Friday and from 7 AM to 1 PM on Saturday.

“We will be parking families in nearby lots and in some cases, will be using grassy areas closer to the residence halls where appropriate,” White said. “We ask that families unload within 30 minutes and then relocate to long-term parking at Scott Stadium.”

The University Transit System (UTS) will run a holiday schedule on Friday, with the Northline, U-Loop and Central Grounds Shuttle Service in service.

“There is no UTS service on Saturday,” White said. “The Charlottesville Area Transit Trolley will run both Friday and Saturday, but will likely detour to Emmet Street.”

University President Teresa Sullivan will address incoming students at the Old Cabell Hall auditorium at 3 PM on Friday and 1 PM on Saturday. Opening convocation and the Honor Induction for all new students will be held Sunday at 6 PM, followed by a reception at Carr’s Hill at 7:30 PM.

For information about move-in weekend events, see the Fall Orientation calendar.

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