People are getting ready for a busy Labor Day weekend in western Massachusetts; between MGM Springfield’s second weekend, and students moving into nearby colleges.
Starting Friday, Hampshire County residents can expect to see a large increase in vehicle traffic, as thousands of UMass students will be heading to campus to move in.
First-year students will begin their journey to the university Friday, while transfer and returning students are supposed to move in on Saturday and Sunday.
Parents, students, and the UMass Minute Movers helped carry school supplies and furniture from the cars into the dorms. Despite the anticipated traffic and road closures, one freshman from New Jersey told 22News the move-in process was easier than expected.
“It actually wasn’t as stressful as I thought it was going to be,” said Becca Radin. “The move in team was really helpful around here and they quickly brought up all my stuff and easily moved in everything.”
One in-state student told 22News cost was one of the main reasons he chose UMass.
“Great bang for the buck, foods amazing, people are great and great education also,” said Ari Kwitkin.
The beginning of the school year brings a lot of business for restaurants in Amherst. Sunset Grill and Pizza owner, Rebecca Casagrande told 22News she’s excited to get to know the new crop of freshmen.
“I really make sure I know all the students in the neighborhood,” said Casagrande. “We get to see all the customers that have been gone all summer and we get to meet a whole bunch of new customers as we get to meet the class of 2022.”
Returning and transfer students are scheduled to move in Saturday and Sunday.
Road closures around the university are expected to continue till 5 p.m. Sunday.
If you live in the Amherst area, it is important to note that vehicles will be prohibited from traveling southbound on University Drive from Massachusetts Avenue to Amity Street between 7:30 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. Friday. To avoid the closures, drivers are being advised to use Route 116, Rocky Hill Road, or North Pleasant Street to access Amity Street. You can use the same roads to access the southern end of University Drive.
UMass expects 6,000 students to be moving in over the holiday weekend.