From Wednesday to Saturday (Aug. 18-Aug. 21) nearly 9,000 students and their families will arrive at Virginia Tech to check into the residence halls. This will cause a significant change in parking and traffic patterns on campus

During the four days of check-in, streets and parking lots closest to the residence halls will be designated as "30-minute unloading" and reserved for resident-student move-in only. These areas include the following parking lots: Shultz, Owens, Dietrick, Coliseum, and Engel lots. Also designated and unloading areas are the following streets: Turner, Kent, and Washington streets and the south side of the Drillfield (War Memorial Gym side) from Sandy Hall up to the Library. Do not park in these areas.

The south side of the Drillfield will be closed to all traffic except for students who are unloading.

Additionally, Washington Street will become a one-way street. Traffic will be allowed to move from west to east (from the Coliseum toward Kent Street and downtown Blacksburg). Very slow-moving traffic is expected along this corridor, and motorists should avoid Washington Street.

Faculty and staff members should park in areas others than those designated for 30-minute unloading and are advised to use the C/G section of the Litton-Reaves Lot (located behind Litton Reaves Hall off Washington Street) and/or Perry Street/Prices Fork lots, located off Prices Fork Road.

Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 18, through Saturday, Aug. 21, all parking permits will be sold at the Parking Office located at 455 Tech Center Drive with the following hours of operations: Wednesday through Friday; 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.; Saturday; 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

To avoid receiving a citation, new permits must be displayed no later than Monday, Aug. 16. Students must display a permit when parking in a student lot beginning Monday, Aug. 30.

For more information, call Parking Services at (540) 231-3200 or e-mail