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Information for Students as they Return to Charlottesville This Weekend

January 11, 2019
All Parents
Patricia M. Lampkin, Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer

Dear Parents:

We are enjoying a sunny but very cold day in Charlottesville, and as you may know, snow is in the forecast for our area. Since many students will be traveling back to the Grounds this weekend, I am writing to share details that University Dean of Students Allen Groves provided to students earlier today in a mass message

At this time, there are no planned operating schedule changes. Undergraduate classes are scheduled to resume on Monday, Jan. 14.

Below I share with you the same information that students received about the weather outlook and the continued closure of a portion of Emmet Street adjacent to the Grounds.

Weather Outlook

UVA’s severe weather team has been monitoring the weather this week given the prediction of another snowstorm. The latest forecast calls for the snow to start late Saturday and extend into Sunday. This could obviously change as we move into the weekend.

If you plan to use University Transit Service or Safe Ride between now and Monday, please take a moment to check those schedules, which remain altered by Winter Break until Monday. As always, the weather could further change their service schedule. In addition, the partial closure of Emmet Street (see below) will continue to impact UTS service.

To stay apprised of weather-related news from the University, please remember to check the usual channels for this information:

University women who are already on Grounds for Inter-Sorority Council recruitment will receive separate communications if the weather forces any changes for events planned this weekend.

Emmet Street: Portion Will Remain Closed until Jan. 18

Work that began in December on a stretch of Emmet Street from just south of University Avenue to McCormick Road (the area adjacent to Mem Gym and Alumni Hall) will be only partially complete by the first day of classes.

The current plan is for Emmet to re-open between McCormick Road and Sprigg Lane at 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 14. However, the portion between Sprigg Lane and Ivy Road will remain closed until Jan. 18. Inclement weather could further change these plans. The city of Charlottesville is in charge of the project, which involves extensive underground work on a waterline.

The closure may affect you in several ways:

  • Transit route detours have been implemented for UTS, CAT, and JAUNT. The UVA Parking & Transportation website provides more details. 
  • If you live in the International Residential College off Sprigg Lane, access to Sprigg will be maintained through the work zone.
  • If you live in one of the McCormick Road residence halls, you should take Alderman Road to access McCormick Road.
  • University parking areas affected by the road closure since last month will be accessible when a portion of Emmet Street re-opens at 8 a.m. on Monday, although permit-holders may need to follow detours to reach their parking lot.
  • The Emmet Street entrance to the Central Grounds Garage will re-open at 8 a.m. on Monday. Until then, the garage remains accessible via the Newcomb Road entrance off University Avenue.
  • Sidewalks will remain open while work continues. 

Please allow extra time for travel through this area, particularly as traffic increases with the start of the new semester. Project updates are available on the city of Charlottesville’s website.

We are looking forward to welcoming back all our students and starting a new semester. Please be sure you and your daughter or son check the resources named above for up-to-date information.

Warm regards,

Patricia M. Lampkin
Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer