Watch for heavy traffic around Lexington on Saturday and later next week, particularly near the University of Kentucky campus, as UK students start moving into dormitories for the fall semester.
Officials are urging motorists to be careful, alert and patient, because large numbers of vehicles will be bringing students to school and unloading, many with drivers who might not be familiar with Lexington's streets.
Parking restrictions will be in effect around campus during the four "move-in days," and traffic flow on some streets near or on campus will be limited to one-way.
In addition to students moving into on-campus housing, thousands of others will move into apartments and other off-campus lodgings.
Saturday will be the first of four UK move-in days, with about 1,100 students arriving. They are to include sorority members, band members and members of other organizations. Bluegrass Community and Technical College students also are to move in, officials said.
On Wednesday, about 1,700 students in UK's Living-Learning Communities are to move into their housing.
Friday figures to be the busiest day, with roughly 2,200 first-year students scheduled to move into their dorms. President Eli Capilouto and other UK officials plan to be out and about on Friday to greet the incoming students.
The move-in process wraps up Aug. 23, with about 1,100 upper level and other students arriving on campus.
Classes at UK start Aug. 27. Overall, the university expects about 30,000 students this year.
Jim Warren: (859) 231-3255.