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Know the best route before Purdue move-in day

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Purdue University is alerting students and parents of the best routes to take as they move back to campus.

On Thursday, the Purdue University Police Department met with officials with the Indiana Department of Transportation to discuss traffic coming into West Lafayette.

Twenty-eight police officers and nearly 100 volunteers will be out Monday to help students move in. Police will also monitor the detour routes to ensure that traffic runs as smoothly as possible.

Purdue Police Chief John Cox said drivers should give themselves plenty of time to get into town.

“We’re treating this like a home football game against a Big Ten opponent,” Chief Cox said. “We’re doing a lot of preplanning. I think the biggest concerns that we have are trying to get our parents to cue up coming in from the right directions.”

But Cox said don’t come in too early.

“One of the issues that we’ve had in the past is we’ll get people that are supposed to be here at 9, 10, 11, 12 – they’ll all be coming in at 9 o’clock,” Chief Cox said. “That creates some back up for us and creates cuing issues in our travel patterns.”

Cox said drivers should follow the detour routes that INDOT has provided. For a list of those routes, click here.