All You Need to Know: Traffic, parking info for ‘Big Blue Move-In’

This event is an exciting time for our campus community and an important time to begin fostering student success — our top priority in everything that we do.

Big Blue Move-In — combined with current construction occurring on campus — will impact parking and transportation routes throughout the campus at various times.

More than 6,000 students will be transitioning to campus at a time when traffic will be heavy and streets will be rerouted to accommodate Big Blue Move-In. This move-in webpage provides details.

UK Police will be on hand to assist with move-in. We urge everyone to be patient with the inevitable delays and to travel safely.

The university is expecting about 2,000 students to move in on each of the following three major assisted move-in days.

  • Monday, August 16
  • Tuesday, August 17
  • Wednesday, August 18

Below is information regarding student move-in traffic flow and parking impacts during the next week, including important information about one-way streets, no parking areas and high traffic locations. Area drivers are encouraged to use the WAZE app for traffic updates.

View parking map here.

MOVE-IN PARKING AREAS:

Students and parents participating in Move-In will be permitted to park in the following designated parking areas on the three Move-In dates listed above:

  • Blue Lot at Kroger Field
  • Red Lot at Kroger Field
  • Cornerstone Garage (PS #5 South Limestone)
  • Overflow parking will be available in the Scott Street area lots

CAMPUS BUSES/SHUTTLES The campus Blue and White bus routes will be in service during move-in, but routes will be altered to accommodate one-way streets and move-in traffic.

The Blue Route will remain on the west side of campus by traveling from Kroger Field to South Limestone, turning left onto Winslow Avenue and then circling back to Kroger Field via South Limestone.

The White Route will travel from Kroger Field to Hilltop, left onto Woodland Avenue, right onto Sports Center Drive, right onto Cooper Drive, then back to Kroger Field via University Drive.

CYCLING DURING MOVE-IN

Cyclists navigating the campus during move-in should consider alternate routes to avoid heavy traffic. See other ways to navigate campus and avoid heavy traffic by using the UK Bike Map. Please note that bike lanes on University and Sports Center drives will not be available during move-in days.

For more information, visit the UK Fall Move-In webpage. Please share this information with colleagues, delivery drivers or any other visitors to campus you expect during the next week.

If you are a supervisor, please communicate this information to all of your staff, especially those without computer access.

For more information, visit the UK Fall Move-In webpage. Please share this information with colleagues, delivery drivers or any other visitors to campus you expect during the next week.

If you are a supervisor, please communicate this information to all of your staff, especially those without computer access.

NO PARKING AREAS:

Due to the need to quickly unload vehicles near residence halls, several areas of campus will be designated as NO PARKING zones from 12:01 a.m. to 6 p.m. on each of the move-in days. Additionally, several streets on and bordering campus will have closures or other changes to traffic flow to accommodate move-in. Watch for NO PARKING signs and bagged meters in these areas.

Vehicles parked in the NO PARKING areas listed below will be TOWED. Owners will be responsible for all tow-related charges. If your vehicle is towed, please contact 859-257-1616.

Monday, August 16; Tuesday, August 17; Wednesday, August 18:

  • UNIVERSITY DRIVE (BOTH SIDES): from Cooper Drive to Hilltop Avenue
  • SPORTS CENTER DRIVE (BOTH SIDES): between Woodland Ave. and the Employee (E) lot north of the Nutter Football Training Facility
  • AVENUE OF CHAMPIONS (BOTH SIDES): between Rose Street and Limestone; including the metered parking in front of Roselle Hall (This area is also a no parking zone from Saturday, August 14 through Sunday, August 22.)
  • MARTIN LUTHER KING BLVD. (BOTH SIDES): between Maxwell Street and Avenue of Champions (This area is also a no parking zone from Saturday, August 14 through Sunday, August 22.)
  • LEXINGTON AVE. (BOTH SIDES): area between the Employee (E) lot entrance and Avenue of Champions (This area is also a no parking zone from Saturday, August 14 through Sunday, August 22.)
  • WOODLAND AVE. (BOTH SIDES): between Hilltop Ave. and Sports Center Dr. (This area is also a no parking zone from Saturday, August 14 through Sunday, August 22.)
  • COMPLEX DRIVE (BOTH SIDES): between the entrance from University Drive to the first crosswalk by Lancaster Aquatics
  • PEDESTRIAN WALKWAY in front of Woodland Glen V (BOTH SIDES): from Woodland Ave. to Sports Center Drive (This area is also a no parking zone from Saturday, August 14 through Sunday, August 22.)
  • HILLTOP AVE (BOTH SIDES): from the Rose Street Garage (PS #2) to Woodland Avenue (This area is also a no parking zone from Saturday, August 14 through Sunday, August 22.)
  • HUGUELET AVE (BOTH SIDES): from University Drive to the Jacobs Science Bldg. 

ONE-WAY STREETS: (see map)

Effective 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on August 16, 17 and 18. Please note the additional day for Hilltop and Woodland below.

  • One-way southbound: MLK Boulevard between Good Samaritan parking lot and Avenue of Champions
  • One-way southbound: Lexington Avenue between Maxwell Street and Avenue of Champions
    • NOTE: Employee (E) lot entrance north of the Joe Craft Center CLOSED at Lexington Avenue; enter and exit only at Rose Street
  • One-way westbound: Avenue of Champions between Rose Street and South Limestone (No Through Traffic)
  • One-way westbound: Huguelet Drive between University Drive and Rose Street
  • One-way eastbound: Hilltop Avenue between University Drive and Woodland Avenue (Also Sunday, August 15)
  • One-way northbound: Woodland Avenue between Hilltop Avenue and Columbia Avenue (Also Sunday, August 15)
  • One-way southbound: Sports Center Drive between Woodland Avenue and the Employee (E) lot north of the Nutter Football Training Facility
  • One-way eastbound: Pedestrian walkway in front of Woodland Glen V
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