Freshmen begin moving in at University of Kentucky

lblackford@herald-leader.comAugust 16, 2012 

Motorists might want to avoid driving near the University of Kentucky on Friday. There'll be 4,500 freshmen moving into dorms.

Move-in started late Thursday and continues all day Friday.

Most of it will be clustered around the Kirwan-Blanding area at the end of Woodland Avenue and on north campus along South Limestone.

Freshmen and returning students will be seeing a lot of construction nearby, as a new residence hall next to Haggin Hall takes shape. There is another large area blocked off nearby where geothermal structures are being installed deep underground to heat and cool the new building, scheduled to open next fall.

In addition, students with bikes will find more room on the roads, with new bike lanes on University Drive and from Huguelet Drive to Woodland. These changes are designed to extend the existing bicycle lanes on University farther south and to connect gaps in existing bicycle routes, according to UK Parking and Transportation.

In the area south of Cooper Drive, the lane reconfiguration also resulted in the addition of 54 employee parking spaces, with 26 along the west side and 28 on the east.

Some academic programs will grow in 2012-13. The number of Singletary Scholars — the top full-ride scholarship at UK — has gone from 34 to 51. The honors program also expanded from 226 students to 312.

K Week, the annual welcome to campus, runs from Friday to Aug. 25. The introduction to campus is filled with more than 250 events that range from tours and academic advising to midnight dodgeball and luau parties.

Classes begin Wednesday, by which time all of UK's 28,000 students will be back in town.

Linda Blackford: (859) 231-1359. Twitter: @lbblackford.

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