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Big Blue Move-In begins Sunday, Aug. 13; anticipate parking, travel impacts

A student on move-in day. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo
A student on move-in day. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo

LEXINGTON, KY (Aug. 11, 2023) — The University of Kentucky will welcome new Wildcats to campus starting Sunday, Aug. 13, through Wednesday, Aug. 16, as more than 6,000 students move into their residence halls. Please anticipate impacts to parking, traffic and transportation during this time.

In particular, the following areas will be “No Parking” zones, in effect from 12:01 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, through Wednesday, Aug. 16:

  • Avenue of Champions: Lexington Avenue to Limestone, including the metered parking in front of Roselle Hall 
  • Martin Luther King Boulevard: Maxwell Street to Avenue of Champions  
  • Lexington Avenue: Maxwell Street to Avenue of Champions   
  • Huguelet Drive: from University Drive to the Jacobs Science Building (Rose Street) 
  • University Drive (both sides): South and North side from Cooper Drive to Hilltop Avenue 
  • Avenue of Trees: between Lewis Hall and University Flats 
  • Hilltop Avenue: from the Rose Street Garage (PS #2) to Woodland Avenue 
  • Pedestrian Walkway: from Woodland Avenue to Sports Center Drive 
  • Woodland Avenue: between Hilltop Avenue and Sports Center Drive 
  • Sports Center Drive: between Woodland Avenue and the Employee Intermediate (E) lot north of the Nutter Football Training Facility 
  • Complex Drive: exit of Johnson Center Loop to Sports Center Drive

Employees should also expect additional demand for parking in Cornerstone Garage (PS #5) and in the Kroger Field Red and Blue Lots, which are available for students and parents as official move-in parking areas.

The campus Blue and White Route buses will also run modified routes during move-in. The White Route will travel primarily through central campus, whereas the Blue Route will service the west part of campus, traveling from Kroger Field to Limestone, turning left on Winslow and returning to Kroger Field. These buses will also run on Sunday, Aug. 13, from 6:45 a.m. to midnight, to assist with move-in. Regular weekday service will commence once move-in is finished.

The campus Orange Route (UK HealthCare) will not be affected, with the possible exception of longer service times due to increased traffic in the vicinity.

The following will also be made into one-way streets effective 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 13-16.

  • One-way southbound: MLK Boulevard between Good Samaritan parking lot and Avenue of Champions
  • One-way southbound: Lexington Avenue between Maxwell Street and Avenue of Champions
    • NOTE: Employee (E) lot entrance north of the Joe Craft Center CLOSED at Lexington Avenue; enter and exit only at Rose Street
  • One-way westbound: Avenue of Champions between Rose Street and South Limestone (No Through Traffic)
  • One-way westbound: Huguelet Drive between University Drive and Rose Street
  • One-way eastbound: Hilltop Avenue between University Drive and Woodland Avenue (Also Sunday, August 13)
  • One-way northbound: Woodland Avenue between Hilltop Avenue and Columbia Avenue (Also Sunday, August 13)
  • One-way southbound: Sports Center Drive between Woodland Avenue and the Employee (E) lot north of the Nutter Football Training Facility
  • One-way eastbound: Pedestrian walkway in front of Woodland Glen V

For more information about Big Blue Move-in, please see this page.

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