It’s a pleasure to welcome you back to a new semester. I hope you had a chance during the break to spend time with those you love, relax a little, and maybe even learn something new.
If you are not already in Charlottesville, I want you to be aware of two things that may affect your travels and return between now and Sunday. One is the weather, and the other is the continued closure of a portion of Emmet Street.
UVA’s severe weather team has been monitoring the weather this week given the prediction of another snowstorm. The latest forecast calls for snowfall to start late tomorrow (Saturday) and extend into Sunday. This could obviously change as we move into the weekend. At this time, there are no planned operating schedule changes.
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:
- Your "@virginia.edu" email address.
- Local news media.
- University hotlines (434-924-7669 and 434-243-7669).
- University emergency website.
- Postings on the University Operations Status Board.
- Postings of schedule changes on the Health System Status Board.
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.
Mark Your Calendar: Leslie Odom, Jr.
As the semester begins, I encourage you to mark next Saturday, Jan. 19, as a special date. Hamilton star Leslie Odom, Jr., will speak at 3 p.m. in John Paul Jones Arena. A talented entertainer, inspirational speaker, and now a UVA fan as a result of his participation in our Bicentennial celebration last year, Odom will share his insights and then participate with President Ryan in a moderated discussion. Tickets are required, but free, and will be available in various locations around Grounds. For full details, please see the website.
Travel safely, and please check the resources I named above for up-to-date information.
Allen W. Groves
University Dean of Students