I-65 closure could cause traffic confusion for Purdue move-in day

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WISH) – Move-in day is underway in West Lafayette as freshman students head to Purdue University for the first week of orientation, also known as BGR 2015.

Students could have some traffic problems getting to their dorms with the closure of the Wildcat Bridge on Interstate 65.

Students can start moving in at 9 a.m. Monday, but Purdue officials are stressing that parents and students need to give themselves extra time to move in.  There are specific routes designed to get around the closure for all of them.

“BGR” also known as Boiler Gold Rush is orientation for freshman. 6,200 students are expected to flood campus. They move into their dorms and get acquainted with school. With the road closure, traffic could be a problem if you don’t follow the directions from the university.

There are custom driving directions for every student living in specific dorm buildings. If you are coming on I-65 South, you will most likely take U.S. 52 or exit 141 off I-65.  If you’re coming from the north, you’ll use U.S 231 or exit 193. Officials also stress showing up during your designated time slot.

“One of the issues that we have is  we’ll get people who are supposed to be here at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. or 12 p.m. and they’ll all get here at 9 a.m. and that creates some back up and cuing issues in our traffic patterns,” said Purdue University Police Chief John Cox.

This is just the first week, upper classmen are expected to be on campus as classes start next Monday. Dorms open for most students this Friday.

On Monday and Tuesday Purdue will also provide real-time tweets from @LifeAtPurdue and on Facebook to alert any traffic issues or suggested route changes during Boiler Gold Rush.

For information on traffic delays or issues around campus, motorists can call 765-496-6947.

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