GREENVILLE, Pitt County — Over 6,000 people will be packing Minges Coliseum Friday afternoon for the East Carolina University fall graduation.
That means at least 6,000 people will add to the expected traffic struggles that will going on in and around Greenville. With street closures and road construction around the city, that could cause some headaches for people getting around.
ECU Police Lt. Chris Sutton said officers are prepared for the rush of vehicles. Police from ECU and Greenville Police Department will be working to control intersections along 14th Street and Charles Boulevard.
"I would recommend people get in as early as possible, that will get them parked to the door as close as they can," Sutton said. "Typically we have a late rush, where individuals will wait until the last minute to arrive and that always increases the delay for getting people into the building."
According to NC Department of Transportation resident engineer Sara Lentine, the intersection of 10th and Evans streets will not be open until Friday after the graduation ceremonies, so expect delays. Lots around Minges Coliseum will be available for free parking. Sutton said there will be two access points, one at Charles Boulevard and also on Berkley Road.