HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - Southern Miss police officials are urging motorists to avoid fourth street in front of the University on Friday because about six hundred students are moving into the new Century Park residence halls.
Those students and their families will start moving into the dorms at eight AM Friday and the process will continue in shifts until noon.
USM Police Chief, Bob Hopkins, said the area will be congested and the public should use alternate routes like seventh street to reach their destinations.
The speed limit on fourth street has also been reduced to fifteen miles per hour. University and city police officers are enforcing that speed limit.
Chief Hopkins said, "It is a school zone now and it runs seven days a week from seven AM to ten PM. It is fifteen miles an hour. We understand it is difficult to do. However, it is important for the motoring public to realize that a pedestrian doesn't have a chance with a vehicle."
The remainder of Southern Miss's student body will move into their residence halls on Saturday. USM staff and students will be helping dorm residents move in on both days.