UW-Madison set for move-in day

By: Max Hess - Email
By: Max Hess - Email

Posted Tuesday, August 26, 2014 -- 10:00 p.m.

The streets will be buzzing downtown Madison on Wednesday, because it's that time of the year again.

"We expect roughly about 2500 students," said Jeff Novak, who is the Director of University Housing.

Novak explained it's the second of three move in days planned this year.

"We had 2500 move in this past Sunday, and another 2500 on Thursday as well."

The only difference is that Wednesday and Thursday are normal work days, so traffic could be an issue.

"It's not as bad as a game day but yes, a little bit of traffic," Novak said.

The entire process will be going on from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., meaning if you're not there to drop the young ones off, you might want to avoid the area.

For people like Logan Wells, who is a Resident Assistant and says he cant wait to welcome all the freshman, traffic is no big deal.

"UW-Madison gives us so many wonderful things from Badger games to world class research... I think one day of a little more traffic... or a day or two... is definitely worth it," he said.

Every freshman NBC15 talked to on campus Tuesday evening said the move itself was a breeze.

"It wasn't too bad, the university does a really good job in making sure the traffic flows really well," said Kyle Martinez, a freshman who recently moved in.

As an economics major, Kyle had it all planned out -- and had advice for those yet to come.

"Don't get here too late," he said, adding that "if you do, you're never going to be able to get a good spot."

At the end of the day it was pretty clear that organization is key on UW-Madison move-in days, which Novak reiterated.

"From what I saw on Sunday... very smooth the process that is in the place here."

The following streets will be impacted by move-in day:

-Observatory Drive will be one-way westbound from Charter Street to Babcock Drive and open only to move-in traffic.

-Elm Drive north of Observatory Drive will be one-way northbound and open only to move-in traffic. Traffic leaving the area will be directed west to Willow Drive, exiting south to Observatory Drive.

-Lake Street between Johnson and Dayton Streets will be closed and used for move-in unloading.

-Frances Street will be one way south from Dayton Street and used for after-unloading parking.

Additional information and maps of parking/unloading areas during move-in can be found on the Division of University Housing's website.

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