Heavy traffic expected Friday for NIU Move-In Day

August 23, 2018

DeKALB – Northern Illinois University will welcome students back to campus Friday for Move-In Day.

More than 2,600 students are expected to move into campus housing from Friday to Sunday, according to a news release. Most will arrive between about 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday.

To mitigate the effect of additional vehicles, university officials once again will divert most traffic westward and have students enter campus from that direction. Under the plan, which has been utilized since 2003, most Move-In Day traffic exiting Interstate 88 at Annie Glidden Road immediately will be diverted onto Fairview Road. The traffic will head 2 miles west to Nelson Road, then 2 miles north to Route 38 and then east about a mile to campus. Police officers will direct traffic on the route and signs will guide motorists.

Also, all roads on the NIU West Campus (roughly bounded by the Convocation Center on the west to Annie Glidden Road on the east, and Route 38 on the south and Grant Drive on the north) will be closed to all but Move-In Day traffic from 2 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, according to the release. All parking lots in that area also will be closed during those hours. Parking will be allowed in Lot C3, which is north of the Convocation Center.

Even with the plan, traffic on and around the NIU campus is expected to be much heavier than normal Saturday, and university police urge motorists to avoid the area if possible.

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