A flux of university students will be making their way back into Guelph this weekend for another school year.
While Move-In Day is set for Saturday, some students will be arriving Friday and drivers can expect minor traffic delays on the campus ring roads along with crowded campus parking.
Students assigned to academic learning communities and living learning communities will move between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Traffic on South Ring Road, East Ring Road, Dundas Lane and Trent Lane will likely be busier near residence buildings. Macdonald Street on the north campus will be closed.
Saturday is the official move-in day for most of the students and it will take place between 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Gordon Street will be shut down between Stone Road and College Avenue.
Only new students will be able to use McGilvray Road, South and East Ring Roads, and Dundas Lane.
Student Housing Services asks that other drivers not use parking lots adjacent to South Residences (P13 and P14), Lennox/Addington (P23 and P24) and East Residence (P16) on either Friday or Saturday.
Access to South Ring Road adjacent to One Stone Rd. (Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs building) will also be restricted to move-in traffic. Clients of the Ontario Veterinary College, Animal Health Lab and Lab Services should identify themselves to volunteers for access to the animal hospital and the lab.
Buses will not be travelling onto campus on Saturday to help prevent congestion.
Safe Semester Project Begins September 8
The return of classes also means the return of the Safe Semester Project. It gets underway September 8 and continues until October 1.
During this time, roads in the downtown area will be closed between 10:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
There will also be additional downtown services, such as extended late night transit, extra portable washrooms and more taxis.
“Safe Semester is truly a collaborative effort. We have seen dramatic improvements over the past years since Safe Semester began,” says Mayor Cam Guthrie in a statement. “I want to thank all of the partners and students who work together to promote a safe and positive environment as we celebrate the beginning of the school year.”
Safe Semester is now into its sixth year of operation and was created in response to a number of complaints in the downtown core at the beginning of the school year.
However in 2016 there was a 26 per cent decrease in noise complaints and a 78 per cent decrease in public urination tickets issued, according to Guelph Police.
“The Guelph Police Service is excited to be a part of this initiative again this year. We will be glad to see a continued decrease in calls for infractions while being able to maintain the reputation Guelph has for being a safe community,” says Chief of Police, Jeff DeRuyter.
Safe Semester downtown closures and services, Fridays and Saturdays between 10:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. :
- All parking lots will remain open for parking including the West Parkade.
- A wheelchair accessible portable washroom is located at Guelph Central Station.
- A taxi stand is located on the north side of Carden Street across from Guelph Central Station.
- Late night bus service travelling between Platform 11 at Guelph Central Station and the University Centre and surrounding area, starts September 7.
- Macdonell Street is closed to traffic between the Macdonell Street parking lot and the West Parkade.
- Vehicles parked on the closed sections of Macdonell Street and Wyndham Street after 10 p.m. will be towed and impounded at the owner’s expense.
- Wyndham Street is closed to traffic between Carden Street and Cork Street.