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Traffic was at a standstill on Franklin Boulevard on Thursday

Drivers were advised to avoid the area near the University of Oregon.

Posted: Sep 23, 2021 12:14 PM
Updated: Sep 23, 2021 3:37 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A major traffic jam caused severe congestion on Franklin Boulevard Thursday.

Cars were at a near standstill in the area around the University of Oregon for hours. According to Eugene police, the issue was due to move-in day for university students.

University officials apologized for delays that many experienced and said about 2,700 students were being checked in on Thursday, the university's biggest single move-in day. 

The traffic jam was largely being caused by students and families arriving at the university ahead of their scheduled check-in time, according to the university. Check-in times were staggered as part of COVID-19 safety protocols. Check-ins are continuing, and housing staff will be flexible, officials added.

University of Oregon Police helped with traffic management. Drivers were advised to avoid the area.

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