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Big Blue Move to Impact Traffic and Parking

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 10, 2017)  In an email yesterday, the University of Kentucky reminded the campus community of the upcoming arrival of new students during Move-In.  The full text of the email is below: 

Safety is always a priority at UK and especially now when thousands of new students are transitioning to campus at a time when vehicle and pedestrian traffic are heavy and streets are re-routed. UK Police will be out in full force to assist with Move-In, and everyone is urged to be patient and travel safely.

University of Kentucky Move-In is an exciting time for our campus community and an important time to begin fostering student success — our top priority at all levels in everything that we do.

This year, we will welcome students and their families during three major Move-In days over the next week:

  • Saturday, August 12
  • Thursday, August 17
  • Friday, August 18

Move-In — combined with current construction occurring on campus — will impact parking and transportation routes throughout the campus at various times. Among the more than 6,000 students moving to campus housing, about 2,000 students are expected to arrive on Saturday, August 12; 2,000 are expected on Thursday, August 17; and 2,000 on Friday, August 18.

We thank you in advance for your patience and help during this process. Below is information regarding student move-in traffic flow and parking impacts over the next week, including important information about one-way streets, no parking areas, and high traffic locations. Area drivers are encouraged to use the WAZE app for traffic updates.

ONE-WAY STREETS: (see map)

One-way southbound: MLK Blvd. between Good Samaritan parking lot and Avenue of Champions

One-way southbound: Lexington Ave. between Maxwell St. 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 St. and Limestone (No Thru Traffic)

One-way westbound: Huguelet Dr. between University Dr. and Rose St.

One-way eastbound: Hilltop Ave. between University Dr. and Woodland Ave.

One-way northbound: Woodland Ave. between Hilltop Ave. and Columbia Ave.

One-way southbound:  Sports Center Drive between Woodland Ave. and the Employee (E) lot north of the Nutter Football Training Facility.


Due to the need to quickly unload vehicles near residence halls, several areas of campus will be NO PARKING zones from 12:01 a.m. to 6 p.m. on each of the Move-In days. Additionally, several streets on and bordering campus will have closures or other changes to traffic flow to accommodate Move-In. Watch for NO PARKING signs and bagged meters in these areas.

Vehicles parked in the NO PARKING areas listed below will be TOWED.  Owners will be responsible for all tow-related charges. If your vehicle is towed, contact 859-257-1616.

Saturday, August 12; Thursday, August 17; Friday, August 18:

UNIVERSITY DRIVE (BOTH SIDES): from Cooper Drive to Hilltop Avenue

COMPLEX DRIVE: from University Drive to Sports Center Drive

SPORTS CENTER DRIVE: between Woodland Ave. and the Employee (E) lot north of the Nutter Football Training Facility

AVENUE OF CHAMPIONS: metered parking in front of Roselle Hall

MARTIN LUTHER KING BLVD.: between Maxwell Street and Avenue of Champions

LEXINGTON AVE.: area between the Employee (E) lot entrance and Avenue of Champions

E LOT BETWEEN KELLEY BUILDING and MED CENTER ANNEX #5: the 5 spots in the lane just north of Medical Center Annex #5

WOODLAND AVE.: between Hilltop Ave. and Sports Center Dr., no parking anytime


Students and parents participating in Move-In will be permitted to park in the following designated parking areas:

Blue lot at Kroger Field: all 3 move-in dates listed above

Red lot at Kroger Field: all 3 move-in dates listed above

Memorial Coliseum Lot: all 3 move-in dates listed above

South Limestone Garage (PS #5): all 3 move-in dates listed above

Green lot at Kroger Field: Saturday, Aug. 12

Orange lot at Kroger Field: Saturday, Aug. 12

For more information, visit the UK Fall Move-In webpage. Please share this information with colleagues, delivery drivers or any other visitors to campus you expect during the next week.

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: #uk4ky #seeblue