August 16, 2011 — This year, "Move-In Day" for incoming University of Virginia students expands to two days because of construction work that restricts access to some of the residence houses.
The annual arrival of undergraduate students is split this year because the grassy area around the Alderman Road residence houses and the Observatory Hill Dining Hall is part of the construction site and unavailable for temporary parking, according to John Evans, director of accommodations for the Housing Division.
Move-in will occur from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. About 1,200 first-year students are expected to move into the Gooch/Dillard complex and some Alderman Road residence halls on Friday, with an additional 2,200 first-year students and about 3,000 upperclassmen moving in on Saturday.
Expect traffic congestion Friday on Alderman Road and its environs, and Saturday along Alderman and McCormick roads, as well as several of the roads with student housing surrounding University Grounds. Members of the University Police Department and the Department of Parking and Transportation will direct traffic on those days.
Drivers will be able to park near the buildings and have about a half-hour to unload their vehicles. Then they will be directed to relocate their cars to the east and west lots at Scott Stadium. About 400 volunteer student greeters will assist families unloading their vehicles.
"As they drive nearer to the residence halls, Parking and Transportation employees will direct them to parking spaces," Evans said. "We've told parents to take advantage of having the greeters there and try to unload the car in one trip."
The University Police Department and City of Charlottesville Police Department will have about 22 officers on duty in the area of the residence halls on Friday and about 25 on duty on Saturday. The Housing Division and Facilities Management will have about 130 additional employees available on those days.
Evans said that about 500 students have already moved in, including international students, those participating in sports and in the marching band and some who live on the Lawn.