Contact: Joe King, Office of Public Affairs
August 8, 2006
DeKALB, Ill. – Students returning to Northern Illinois University for the fall semester on Aug. 24 may be taking a slight detour this year.
The university is instructing student motorists to exit I-88 north at Peace Road rather than at Annie Glidden Road, due to the potential for ongoing construction work on the Annie Glidden Road exit ramp.
Student traffic will be directed a short distance north on Peace to Fairview, then west. The majority of that traffic (all students living in residence halls west of Annie Glidden Road) will stay on Fairview until Nelson Road, travel north on Nelson to Route 38, then head east to campus. A small percentage of students (those living in the Neptune Hall complex) will be directed north on Annie Glidden Road. Signs and police officers along the route will point the way. (see map)
“Basically, this is just adding another couple of miles to the Fairview detour that we have successfully used to minimize the impact of Move-in traffic on downtown DeKalb,” said NIU Police Lt. Matt Kiederlen. “Instead of diverting traffic from Annie Glidden onto Fairview, as we have the last three years, we will just start a little further east at Peace Road.”
While the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority is hopeful that the Annie Glidden Road exit will be reopened by Aug. 18, the university based its planning on the assumption that it would be closed. “We had to make a decision months,” Kiederlen said. “Because weather and so many other variables can affect a construction schedule, we felt this was the most prudent way to proceed,”.
Should the Annie Glidden Road exit be open, university police will be at the Glidden-Fairview intersection to direct student traffic westward, Kiederlen said. “We are going to have officers and signs all along Fairview from Peace to Nelson, and we will do our best to direct traffic.”
Regardless of those efforts, university officials suggest that residents of DeKalb and Sycamore avoid traveling on Fairview or near campus on Aug. 24.
“Between roughly 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., several thousand cars will be pouring into and out of campus. Anyone straying into that traffic pattern is almost guaranteed to run into delays. Our best advice is to plan ahead and stay clear of Fairview and all of the roads around campus that day,” Kiederlen said.
To help local motorists stay abreast of traffic on Move-In Day, radio stations WLBK and WDKB will broadcast periodic traffic reports throughout the day on Aug. 24.