Expect traffic delays as 6,000+ UMass Amherst students move back in this weekend

Hampshire County

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Students will be heading back to campus when they move in to UMass-Amherst this weekend.

With the combination of first year and transfer students, the university estimates that more than 6,000 students will be moving in to the Amherst area this weekend.

With it also being Labor Day weekend, you can expect a lot of traffic in and around campus.

On Friday, vehicles will be prohibited from traveling southbound on University Drive from Massachusetts Avenue to Amity Street between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

“We get a lot of calls, definitely to the dorms. We’re open a lot later at night because of all the orders and not just from UMass, there’s other schools around that help improve business,” UMass Amherst Spokesman Ed Blaguszewski said.

Despite the thousands of cars that will be in the area, the university has a plan in place to make sure students get moved in as quickly and efficiently as possible.

“We are well organized we have lots of movers available to help students and their families go into the residence halls. We have a pretty detailed operation and we have learned a lot of lessons over the years of how to work this,” said Blaguszewski.

Now if you’re looking for alternate routes during these closures, drivers are advised to use Route 116, Rocky Hill Road or North Pleasant Street to access Amity Street and the southern end of University Drive.

First-year students will move in Friday, transfer and returning students will come back Saturday and Sunday.

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