What to know about traffic
Here’s your warning, Burlington: It’s that time of year again.
Local college students and their families will descend on the Queen City beginning Aug. 22 and arrive through the weekend.
Champlain College’s first-year students will be the first to arrive in Burlington on Aug. 22. Their move-in begins at 8 a.m., according to the school’s orientation schedule.
The next day, first-year students at both the University of Vermont in Burlington and St. Michael’s College in Colchester will roll into town. UVM’s Police Department offered its warning on Facebook last week:
“There will be lots, and lots (and lots) of traffic,” the department wrote. “Traffic over here, traffic over there… SO MUCH TRAFFIC.”
In its post, the university’s police department recommended people leave for work earlier on Friday and, if possible, avoid the area of exit 14 from Interstate 89 to Williston Road in South Burlington, which turns into Main Street in Burlington. The police expect the area will be congested with traffic for most of the day.
“May I recommend that you fill up an extra travel mug with the ‘Extra Level of Sanity’ coffee blend?” the police wrote. “Take care of any personal needs before leaving home (appropriately following the coffee, ahem); put some Bon Iver, Maren Morris, Ariana Grande, or whatever calms your morning-brain (dare I say VPR?) on those car speakers; and be prepared to sit at the off-ramp, and on Williston Rd, in heavy traffic.”
“Take this opportunity to ‘enjoy’ the feeling of major city congestion for a little while from the comfort of your treasured automobile with the picturesque views of Mt. Mansfield and Camel’s Hump in your rear view mirror. If you haven’t practiced mindfulness previously, the optimal time to try it may be just on the horizon for you!”
At St. Michael’s, move-in will begin around 9 a.m. on Aug. 23. Exit 15 from Interstate 89 to Vermont 15 will likely be busier during much of the morning.
Many current students at the three colleges will likely be moving in during the rest of the weekend as classes begin Monday.
Contact Elizabeth Murray at 802-651-4835 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter at @LizMurrayBFP.
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