With UI move in day comes heavy vehicle traffic

With UI move in day comes heavy vehicle traffic

Thursday is a good day to avoid the University of Illinois campus area, especially around residence halls.

It's move in day for thousands of freshmen students.

UI Deputy Police Chief Skip Frost said police will be out directing traffic, but you can expect delays if you have to drive on campus.  Key streets to avoid include Lincoln Avenue, Florida Avenue, First Street and Fourth Street.  Frost also said you should try to stay away from streets in the core of Campustown, like Green Street.  

Frost said the annual congestion will be complicated even more this year by numerous construction projects.

A number of streets near residence halls will be made one way to help with traffic flow.

Frost said if you must drive on campus, slow down and watch for pedestrians.  And if you're walking, he said you should pay attention to what you are doing.

Frost also reminded you to only use hands-free cellphones while driving in compliance with state law.  And when you're walking, don't stay focused on your cell phone and remove your earphones.

Frost said it's a good idea to avoid the campus area for the next few days. Classes start next Monday.

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