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Controlled-Traffic Around Campus as Students Move In

It's a big day for 2,200 or more students moving in to university housing - but it also means you may want to rethink your morning commute.

Posted: Aug 22, 2018 3:45 AM
Updated: Aug 22, 2018 7:38 AM

Chico, Calif.-- We all know what an ordeal moving can be for one person or one family.

So, what happens when thousands of students all move into university housing in a 48-hour period?

Chico residents are about to find out.

If Warner Street is a part of your morning route to work or to take the kids to school, you may want to do yourself a favor and go a different way Wednesday and Thursday.

Chico State dorm move-in starts up Wednesday at 7:30a.m. and lasts through 3 p.m., and university police will be running traffic control - and keeping the peace.

And that's important, because 2,200 students will be unpacking a year's worth of belongings as they begin this new chapter of their lives; 1,600 of them starting at the university for the very first time.

"This is an exciting time for these first-time college freshman, heading out from home and embarking on a journey that will help shape the rest of their lives," said Chico State's Media Relations Coordinator Sean Murphy.

So while the move-in may slow down traffic, it should be minimal - the school has a carefully planned-out system to get this all done as smoothly and quickly as possible.

"When the students return, there's an energy, a vibrancy that they bring. They infuse so much money into the local economy. And quite frankly, it's really really fun having them around town," said Murphy.

On day one, they're moving in the upper floors of the dorms and the odd number university apartments.

The lower floors and even numbers at University Village go tomorrow from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

That should help with some of the congestion on Warner Street and around Sacramento Avenue and the Chico High area, but it does mean you'll need to keep an eye out for traffic hold-ups for an extra day.

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