PUPD: Campus plans as 6,000 freshmen will arrive

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue Police have released their plans to help with crowds as nearly 6,000 incoming freshman students and their families will begin coming to Purdue for Boiler Gold Rush and the start of classes.

With Boiler Gold Rush activities beginning Sunday, new plans are in order to get families in and out of campus as efficiently as possible. 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.

“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,” Purdue Police Lt. Keene Red Elk told News 18 in a release. “Residents should consider this as they travel this weekend and, if possible, consider a route around campus rather than through.”

In order to ease congestion, police suggest West Lafayette residents use the U.S. 231 bypass or other adjacent roads. Police will have increased patrols on campus to help with traffic this weekend.

“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,” Purdue Police Chief John Cox said in a release.

Boiler Gold Rush starts Sunday, Aug. 17 and continues through Aug. 24.

The first day of classes for the fall academic semester is Aug. 25.

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