Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, August 27, 2012

Student Move-In to affect traffic, parking

U-M Student Move-In began Sunday, with limited move-in for some residents, and concludes Friday evening. The increased traffic this activity brings — along with several area street construction projects — may create traffic delays and will necessitate parking space closures and alterations to the city and U-M transit systems.

The following information is provided to assist in planning for this annual activity.

Street adjustments

With the assistance of the City of Ann Arbor, some streets in the immediate vicinity of residence halls will have altered traffic flows, daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday. Traffic alterations to occur on the following streets:

• Thompson Street: One-way traffic flow southbound between East Jefferson Avenue and Packard Street.

• East Madison Street: One-way traffic flow eastbound between Thompson Street and South State Street.

• East Washington Street: One-way traffic flow westbound between Fletcher Street and South State.

• East Ann Street: One-way traffic flow eastbound between Zina Pitcher Place and Observatory Street.

• Observatory Street: One-way traffic flow southbound between East Ann Street and Geddes Avenue.

Parking impacts

Most, if not all, parking meters in the immediate vicinity of residence halls will be bagged and reserved for students and families who display the proper Move-In parking permit. Additional parking changes will affect university parking lots that will be converted to Move-In use only for the duration of the program. University lots and parking structures that will be affected Wednesday-Friday are as follows:

• Lot W-18 (on Thompson Street).

• Lot W-16 (on Thompson Street), commonly called the "triangle lot."

• Richard Kennedy Drive parallel parking spaces, near West Quad.

• Lot M-28 (on Washington Heights), Tuesday-Friday.

• Lot E-1 (on North University Court across from Stockwell Hall).

• Palmer Drive and Thompson Street parking structures: Although the structures will remain in normal operation, they will be available as overflow parking for Move-In participants with Move-In permits.

Bus route adjustments

Both the Ann Arbor Transit Authority and Parking & Transportation Services will be changing some bus routes to accommodate the changes in traffic flow. Please visit their websites for details.

Once again, uniformed Housing Security officers and University Police officers will be on site during Move-In and will aid in maintaining efficient traffic flow in the residence hall areas. For additional information about Student Move-In 2012, go to

For traffic advisories and maps of affected campus areas, go to