OAKLAND (KDKA) – Thousands of Pitt students will begin moving in on Tuesday and several roads around the university to be closed.

University officials are expecting about 4,500 freshman and transfer students throughout the week.

Parents and students flocked to the campus Tuesday morning. Their vehicles were packed full with everything a college student could possibly need.

Later, many parents and students will share emotional goodbyes.

However, KDKA-TV’s Ross Guidotti talked with one mother who seemed anxious to drop off her daughter.

“I’m trying to get rid of my kid,” Fran Danowski said in a joking manner. “She’s cool, she has a credit card. She’s fine.”

Traffic is a big concern as the students move into the dorms.

Several streets will be closed around the campus, which could impact the morning commute this week.

Bigelow Boulevard between Forbes and Fifth Avenues will be closed from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.  on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday it will be closed from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Other closures include:

  • Lothrop Street will be closed between Fifth Ave and Victoria Way
  • University Drive B will be closed between Aliquippa Street and University Drive A
  • Parking meters on Ruskin Avenue will be reserved for students.
  • Schenley Quad will be closed to traffic.

In addition to moving in, there will be new student orientations along with campus and city tours for the students.


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