Expect Traffic Delays June 9 -11

June 03, 2009

The Duke community and public is encouraged to allow extra time traveling around Duke’s campus June 9 through June 11 during several special events, including Durham Public Schools graduation ceremonies and a celebration to honor the late John Hope Franklin and his wife, Aurelia Whittington Franklin.

With many visitors coming to Duke, heavy traffic is expected and limited parking will be available on West Campus and in the Bryan Center parking garage. Duke staff, faculty and students with parking permits for West Campus lots and garages will still be able to park, but spaces will be severely limited.

Visitors, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to use Duke’s buses to get around West Campus during the events.

Beginning Tuesday, June 9, Durham Public Schools graduation rehearsals will be held from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Cameron Indoor Stadium; ceremonies follow at 8 a.m., noon and 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, and Thursday, June 11.

Parking for high school graduation events will be available in the Blue Zone parking lot on Duke University Road and the Whitford Lot on Whitford Drive. Participants, guests and Blue Zone permit holders can enter the lot at the Iron Gate on Duke University Road. The Whitford Drive lot will be open for Duke permit holders, special guests and handicapped parking. 

On June 11, a Celebration of the Lives of John Hope Franklin and Aurelia Whittington Franklin will be held in the Duke Chapel and Page Auditorium. The events run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Visitors may park in the Bryan Center parking garage on Duke’s West Campus. In addition, visitors can park in lots along Duke University Road near Chapel Drive, where shuttles will be available for transport to the Chapel. People with accessibility needs may be dropped off at the Chapel, but their drivers must park in general parking.

For more John Hope Franklin event information and updates, visit http://www.duke.edu/johnhopefranklin/event.html