Motorists who commute past the University of Nevada, Reno are being asked to either plan their trips accordingly or avoid streets surrounding campus this weekend as the first wave of students is scheduled to move into dormitories.
About 2,600 freshman are moving in Aug. 17 and participating in NevadaFIT, a one-week intensive academic boot camp being held prior to the start of the fall semester Aug. 26.
UNR is suggesting those who don’t have university business to avoid North Sierra and North Virginia streets between Comstock Drive and Ninth Street, or to expect traffic delays.
Those driving are also asked to watch for students traveling on North Sierra Street between campus and Wolf Pack Tower, 516 West Street. Additional traffic will also be in the areas of West Street between Fifth and Sixth streets, according to campus officials.
All streets around campus will be open to two-way traffic, with the exception of one-way traffic on 11th Street. Parking staff predicts congestion and is suggesting students arrive on campus early. Check-in starts at 9 a.m.
Because parking is limited around residence halls, those on campus are asked to use the West Stadium Parking Complex once items are unloaded from vehicles.
Students moving into Wolf Pack Tower at Circus Circus Reno have been instructed to unload in the covered entrance to the parking garage off West Street, directly connected to the tower. After unloading, they may park in the Sky Tower Parking complex on the third through sixth floors.
According to UNR Residential Life and Housing, this Saturday makes up about 70 percent of the total student population moving into the residence halls.
Dorms will open to returning and other new students on Aug. 22.
An opening ceremony welcoming new students is scheduled at 10 a.m. Aug. 23 at Lawlor Events Center. It will be followed by Pack Palooza from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the campus quadrangle. The event will offer new students and their families free food, private bus tours of Reno, virtual reality experiences, collaborative art projects, and fitness classes, among other activities.
Carla has an undergraduate degree in journalism and more than 10 years experience as a daily newspaper reporter. She grew up in Jacksonville, Fla., moved to the Reno area in 2002 and wrote for the Reno Gazette-Journal for 8 years, covering a variety of topics. Prior to that, she covered local government in Fort Pierce, Fla.