HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Freshmen move-in day is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the University of Southern Mississippi. Approximately 1500 freshmen are expected to move into their dorms over the course of those two days.
The USM Police Department is prepared to direct traffic but motorists are strongly urged to avoid 4th Street on these days. Those who must travel through campus by this route should expect delays, especially on Friday, and use caution because of the anticipated high volume of pedestrian traffic. Portions of Hardy Street, Service Road, and Highway 49 near campus will be backed up on Saturday.
"It's going to be a little more congested this year because we're going to add two more dorms off of 4th Street," said Bob Hopkins, USM Police Chief.
Move-in for freshmen is scheduled to begin at 8am. Students and families are encouraged to get an early start. Campus police hope to have traffic cleared by around 2pm but still advise drivers to steer clear of the 4th Street area.