Ceremonies At JMU To Stall Traffic

Motorists Advised To Avoid Certain Streets On Saturday

Posted: May 3, 2013

HARRISONBURG — Unless you’re going to see someone donning a cap and gown, Saturday will not be the day to travel portions of certain Harrisonburg primary streets.

James Madison University’s seven colleges will hold commencement ceremonies beginning at 10 a.m. at various locations on campus, which will lead to congestion, according to the Harrisonburg Police Department.

About 3,600 students will graduate Saturday.

Motorists are advised to avoid Port Republic Road, University Boulevard, Reservoir Street and South Main Street, near Bluestone Drive at JMU’s Quad.

Traffic will be heaviest between 8 a.m. and about 2 p.m., officials say, with a lull during the ceremonies.

Interstate 81 ramps and shopping centers, particularly Harrisonburg Crossing on Burgess Road, are expected to see high traffic volumes, too, HPD warns.

Also, today and Saturday will be exempt from the normal enforcement of the city’s parking permit zones around JMU, so traffic in those neighborhoods will be heavier than usual.

For more information, visit www.jmu.edu/commencement .

Contact Preston Knight at 574-6272 or pknight@dnronline.com

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