Bradley University is preparing to welcome its 2016-17 student population.
Saturday is the “official” move-in day, which will mean a significant increase in vehicular and pedestrian traffic in the area of Main and University Streets and throughout the campus.
Freshmen enrollment for the upcoming academic year at Bradley is up about 150 compared to recent years.
University President Dr. Gary Roberts has said there will be around 1,100 freshmen enrolled at Bradley as part of a total enrollment expected to be at least 5,200.
Motorists should expect delays on University Street between I-74 and the Bradley campus, especially between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, and are encouraged to use alternate routes.
Additionally, there will be changes in traffic patterns and parking restrictions around campus to accommodate the move-in traffic. Some of those changes will be in place as early as Thursday.
There will be no parking along Bradley Avenue from University to Glenwood beginning Thursday afternoon through Saturday evening. There will also be no parking on the west side of the 800-900 blocks of University and the south side of the 1300-1500 blocks of Main beginning Friday evening through Saturday evening.
The intersections of Elmwood and Main, St. James and University, Duryea and Bradley, and Bradley and Institute will be closed starting at 7 a.m. Saturday. Fredonia Avenue from Duryea to Glenwood will be closed Sunday starting at 1:30 p.m.
Peoria Charter Coach buses will depart from Renaissance Coliseum on Main Street at Institute the entire weekend.
A map of the traffic pattern for Bradley University move-in can be seen here.