Traffic nightmares continue with ECU move-in

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Day two of move-in at ECU is Thursday, and it’s already causing traffic nightmares across the city.

Wednesday proved to be a chaotic day, not only for families moving in but for drivers across Greenville. That’s because of a new policy funneling everyone moving in over to Minges Coliseum to check in. Some drivers sat in traffic for more than two hours on Charles Boulevard to get there. That’s not the only place drivers can expect delays.

By Friday, nearly 5,700 students will have moved into residence halls on campus.

To accommodate students moving in, Cotanche Street from Reade Circle to 9th Street will shut down again Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ECU Police Lieutenant Chris Sutton has some advice for drivers.

“If you’re not coming to campus for either a move-in or for the concert on Saturday and you don’t work in this immediate area, then do yourself a favor and us and try to drive around the traffic,” Lt. Sutton said.

Lt. Sutton says drivers are going to have to get used to delays.

“We’re dealing with construction on campus as well as construction off campus and that’ll be the case for the next 2 to 3 years and it’s unavoidable. We just have to adjust, and we meaning the campus community, the community around Greenville and also those that are coming into campus for events,” Lt. Sutton said.

One of those events that could back drivers up this weekend is the Carolina Kick-Off concert at Dowdy-Ficklen stadium Saturday. Lt. Sutton says expect football-like delays throughout the day as thousands flood into town who may not be familiar with Greenville.

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