WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Nearly 6,000 Purdue University freshmen and their families will be making their way to town over the next two days. Police are stepping up patrols as the university gets ready to kick off Boiler Gold Rush.
Starting Saturday around 8 a.m., lines of cars will fill the streets around the residence halls. Purdue Police Chief John Cox estimates 6,000 students will be moving into the university’s 13 residence halls between Saturday and Sunday.
Cox said 25 officers split between the Purdue Police Department, the West Lafayette Police Department and the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office will be helping with traffic.
Cox made the rounds Friday to check on various construction projects. There are a few fenced off areas near the intersections of both Third and Martin Jischke Drive and Stadium and University. Fencing is also up along Northwestern Avenue, but he said they shouldn’t be a problem for this weekend’s traffic.
“Not only the contractors, but our Physical Facilities staff have done a pretty magnificent job of getting the campus cleaned up and ready for the return of the traffic. We really don’t have any traffic roadway concerns,” said Cox.
Cox encourages local drivers to avoid campus over the weekend and take the new U.S. 231 bypass.
He said students living off-campus have already started to filter in, so drivers need to be aware of the added vehicle and pedestrian traffic on and around campus.