Heavy traffic expected for UMass move-ins

  • Roommates and University of Massachusetts first-years Joanna Rafti, right, of Braintree and Taylor Freitas, second from right, of Gardner put together their room in Van Meter dorm with help from family members on Friday, August 31, 2018, move-in day for entering students. Working together underneath Taylor’s bed at left are the roommates’ fathers, Robert Rafti, left, and Greg Freitas.   GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 8/23/2019 3:08:09 PM
Modified: 8/23/2019 3:07:53 PM

 AMHERST — It’s that time of year again.

Students are headed back to college and university campuses at the end of this month, and with them will come the inevitable traffic of move-in days. And with more than 20,000 undergraduates coming to the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the school has issued its yearly warning about traffic.

In a press release, the university said that heavy traffic is expected on and around campus from Wednesday, Aug. 28 through Monday, Sept. 2. The heaviest traffic is expected from Friday through Sunday, the university added.

“There will be significant delays entering, exiting and traveling around campus and in the local area,” the press release reads. “Drivers should expect heavy congestion on campus and heavy traffic leading into campus on University Drive, Massachusetts Avenue, Route 9, Route 116 and North Pleasant Street.”

The university went on to warn pedestrians that they should also be alert and use pedestrian walkways and crosswalks.

Dusty Christensen can be reached at dchristensen@gazettenet.com.


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