Purdue police warn drivers of road restrictions, congestion ahead of freshman orientation

August 14, 2014  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Approximately 6,000 incoming freshman students and their families will arrive on the West Lafayette campus of Purdue University this weekend (Aug. 16-17). Students will be moving into their residence halls and saying goodbye to their families as new student orientation, known as Boiler Gold Rush, begins.

In order to get families in and out of campus in an orderly fashion, some streets, such as McCutcheon Drive, Shreve/Earhart Service Drive, and McArthur Drive will become one-way roads.  Portions of McCutcheon Drive will also be blocked to traffic on the south end of that street. The Purdue University Police Department (PUPD) suggests West Lafayette residents utilize the U.S. 231 bypass, because traffic through campus and on adjacent roads could be heavy at times and drivers may experience delays.

"Campus is not closed to normal traffic but we want drivers to be aware of the increase in vehicles going in and out of campus. Residents should consider this as they travel this weekend and, if possible, consider a route around campus rather than through," said PUPD Lt. Keene Red Elk.

PUPD also wants to remind drivers to pay attention to street signs and officers who will be working the roadways and intersections. There will be more officers on patrol for this weekend on campus.

"Extra officers will be out, on bicycle and on foot, to assist incoming students and their families with locating their destinations. We want our new Boilermakers to feel welcome and to have a safe move-in experience," said Chief John Cox.

Boiler Gold Rush activities kick off on Sunday (Aug. 17) and run through Aug. 24. The first day of classes for the fall academic semester is Aug. 25. 

Writer: Liz Evans, 765-494-2084, lizevans@purdue.edu 

Sources: Chief John Cox, 765-494-8221, jkcox@purdue.edu

Lt. Keene Red Elk, 765-494-8221, klredelk@purdue.edu

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