BURLINGTON, Vt.– For rising freshmen, college move-in day is surely an exciting time, but for those trying to navigate through Burlington, it’s likely to cause a few headaches.
“There will definitely be traffic out there,” said acting UVM Police Chief Tim Bilodeau.
Bilodeau said people should definitely expect delays on their Friday commute as hundreds of students are set to settle in at the University of Vermont. He said the morning commute will cause the biggest backups especially on the roads surrounding campus.
“It’s clearly going to be the block from Main Street, East Ave down to South Prospect Street and then on the other side Colchester Avenue over to East Ave,” Bilodeau said.
This could lead to more holdups on Williston Road near the interstate as students and their families make their way to the Queen City.
“This class is actually one of the biggest classes in UVM history,” said Annie Stevens, Vice Provost of Student Affairs.
Stevens said more than 2600 students will make up the first year class.
“It’s going to be buzzing with people walking everywhere,” Stevens said. “Everyone is filled with anticipation and eagerness to greet everyone.”
Police suggest you leave a bit earlier than usual and should you get caught in the chaos, they say be mindful that it’s just for one day.
“Patience goes a long way and just to realize there are people working to make this go as well as possible,” Bilodeau said. “You’re going to get through and people are going to get to work.”
The City of Burlington is offering two hours free at all on-street metered parking from August 22-26, 2019.