Traffic changes planned for Saturday commencement
Contact: Christina Chapple
HAMMOND -- Motorists and visitors planning to attend Southeastern Louisiana University's commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 8, should anticipate heavy traffic and route changes affecting University Avenue (Hwy. 3234).
Louisiana State Superintendent of Education Paul G. Pastorek will address more than 1,250 students receiving associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the 10 a.m. ceremony in the University Center.
Mike Prescott, director of University Police, said the section of University Avenue between West Tornado Drive and SGA Drive will be restricted from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. that day.
He said local traffic will be allowed to proceed on University Avenue for as long as possible, but will be diverted as congestion increases prior to the commencement ceremony.
Eastbound commencement traffic will be diverted to West Tornado Drive for parking at the University Center. Westbound commencement traffic will be diverted to the campus at SGA Drive. Once the University Center parking areas are filled, all traffic will be diverted to campus parking.
Prescott said two Southeastern “Lion Traxx” shuttle buses will be in operation before and after the ceremony to accommodate commencement guests who park on campus or who need special transportation assistance.
Drivers not attending commencement are asked to use U.S. 190 (Thomas Street and Morris Street) or Natalbany Road (Hwy. 1064) to avoid University Avenue traffic