Change your commute route Aug. 16-20 for student move-in

by Tehreem Khan

As students begin arriving on campus for the fall semester, UAB Transportation recommends traveling an alternative route to work Aug. 16-18 from 7 a.m.-4 p.m., when the most students will be moving into on-campus housing.

Students will move into residence halls from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 16-20, and McMahon, Gold and Blazer halls will see the highest amounts of traffic.

Move-in traffic will approach the west campus from Interstate 65 and will blend with traditional morning commute traffic; employees entering campus from I-65 should stay in the left lane down University Boulevard approaching 16th Street South, says Marc Booker, executive director of Student Housing and Dining. Surrounding side streets will be monitored by UAB Police to prevent drivers from entering the move-in line from alternative locations.

Planning an alternative route is the best way to ensure your commute is not affected negatively by move-in days, says Brian Atkinson, executive director of UAB Transportation. Atkinson recommends using a traffic app such as Google Maps, Apple Maps or Waze to monitor traffic congestion information during travel time.

UAB Transportation recommends avoiding several general areas on campus where normal commuting routes will be affected by student move-in:

  • 14th Street South to 18th Street South bounded by 11th Avenue South and University Boulevard
  • 16th Street South will be restricted to one-way traffic headed south, between University Boulevard and 10th Avenue South
  • Drivers will be able to travel westbound on 10th Avenue South to enter the two parking lots between 17th and 18th Street South and must turn left (south) onto 17th Street South
  • Vehicles headed eastbound on 10th Avenue South will be able to access 16th Street South but must turn right (south)

The only change to Blazer Express Routes is that South Green Route will be rerouted to avoid 10th Avenue South and will skip the Campus Recreation Center and Rast Hall stops from Aug. 16-18, Atkinson says.

Monitor Blazer Express bus locations in real time on the Doublemap Bus Tracker app, available for iOS and Android, or at

Visit for updates on construction and road closures.

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