Pedestrian Safety Reminder

Please remember that our campus is pedestrian-centric in advance of the fall semester and the return of thousands of students to campus.

All motor vehicle operators must remain alert and keep their speeds below 25 MPH when driving on-campus.

Drivers must always yield to pedestrians and be prepared to stop at all marked crosswalks. Never pass a vehicle that has stopped or is slowing down at a crosswalk.

Although pedestrians must appropriately care for their own safety, those found on university campuses tend to be distracted. Drivers, therefore, must patiently accommodate their passages.

Please remember to allow yourselves additional commuting time during the next few weeks and remember that all types of on-campus traffic will be unusually heavy.

Drive carefully!

How do I travel through a roundabout?

The following are general instructions for navigating the University’s new roundabout on Hillside Road in Storrs:

Motorists

  • Slow down when approaching the roundabout
    • Obey all signs and posted speed limits
    • Yield to all pedestrians within the crosswalk
    • Look left and yield to traffic in the roundabout before entering
  • Enter the roundabout only when there is a safe gap in traffic to do so
    • Traffic within the roundabout has the right-of-way
    • Do not stop in the roundabout to allow other traffic to enter
  • Exit the roundabout slowly to Alumni Drive, Hillside Road or the North Garage
    • Yield to all pedestrians in the crosswalk

Pedestrians may only enter the roundabout using designated crosswalks; they must never cross traffic lanes to the roundabout’s center island.

Experienced bicyclists may ride within the roundabout and share traffic lanes with motorists; they must yield to all pedestrians.

Less experienced bicyclists may dismount their bicycles, walk on the sidewalks and use the crosswalks as pedestrians.

If you are in the roundabout when an emergency vehicle approaches, proceed to your intended exit and pull-off to the right so the vehicle may pass safely.

Parking Permit Go Virtual This Fall

Who expected to add parking permits to the list of virtual things?

Starting in August, the University of Connecticut and its Parking and Transportation Services will introduce license plate recognition (LPR) enforcement.

The upgraded management and enforcement system will use car-mounted cameras to read and match a vehicle’s license plate to its University permit record and determine if its parking is authorized.

This process is referred to as “virtual permitting” because it eliminates the need to issue physical decals or hang tag permits. Faculty and staff who own multiple vehicles will no longer have to worry about forgetting to move their hang tag between them. Students won’t have to worry about forgetting to install their decals or scraping them off before changing or refunding their permits. Parking permits of employees who pay for their virtual permits using payroll deductions won’t expire annually and will continue to be valid across permit years. For the time being, those who choose to park within gated locations will still need to use key cards or transponder decals to enter them.

Employee parking permits for the 2021-22 academic year became available Monday, July 19 at 9 a.m., on the Parking Services website.

Student permits will first be available on Monday, August 2 at 9 a.m.

The introduction of LPR will require parking permit applicants to confirm that any prepopulated license plate numbers are correct and to enter any new vehicle information accurately in the application process. Parking and Transportation Services, therefore, strongly encourages applicants to take a picture of their license plate(s) before completing the online permit application this year, which they can then reference to double-check their information.

2021/22 Gated Parking: Key Cards Still Required

Physical parking permits are no longer required. Your permit parking permissions are now associated with your vehicle’s license plate.

Our parking enforcement officers will check vehicles’ permit permissions using License Plate Recognition technology. No physical permits are needed!

Key Cards, however, will still be required to enter gated facilities.

Double-check your vehicle registration number when you apply;
the accuracy of your license plate number will ensure you don’t get ticketed for not having a permit!

If you have…

an active 2020/21 permit, please apply for your new 2021/22 permit online.
• an active Key Card, its access permissions will be extended once you purchase your 2021/22 permit.

been away from campus and no longer have an active permit, you can apply for your new 2021/22 permit online.
• a Key Card, but not an active permit, your Key Card will be reactivated once your new permit is purchased.

• Key Card and an active permit, but your Key Card is not working; please contact Parking Service for its immediate no-charge replacement.

PRO TIP: Take a picture of your license plate before completing your application to be sure you enter it correctly.

Parking Services – Open-Door Business Resumes

The Parking Services resumed its open-door 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, weekday business hours on Monday, June 7, 2021.

While customers may come to the office to conduct business, pre-scheduled appointments are still encouraged.

Booking your appointment, ensures you arrive with all needed materials and for our staff to expedite your transaction.

The University still requires fully vaccinated customers to wear face coving inside its buildings.

5/17 – North & South Garages: Level Closures

On the Storrs campus, the two upper levels of the North and South Garages will close on Monday, May 17.

The two parking lots will remain closed this summer for maintenance and repairs.

The fifth-floor South Garage entrance will also be closed to allow repairs to the access ramp.

The main Jim Calhoun Way entrance to the South Garage will remain open.

Delivery access to the Barnes and Noble loading dock will be maintained.

5/17 – Lot Y and Lot Z, CLOSED

Lot Y (Premium Commuter Student) and Lot Z (Faculty and Staff) parking areas, located beside the South Garage and behind McMahon Hall, will close on Monday, May 17.

The two parking lots will remain closed this summer for reconstruction.

The lots are expected to reopen on or about Friday, August 13.

The fifth-floor South Garage entrance will also remain closed during the construction project.

The main Jim Calhoun Way entrance to the South Garage will remain open.

Delivery access to the Barnes and Noble loading dock will also be maintained throughout the construction period.

Alternate parking is available to students and employees on Lot D; student parking locations are available to both groups during the summer.

Some Area 2 employee permit holders might find parking on Lot S in South Campus more convenient during the construction period.

Hillside Road Partially Closed Until August 2021

A portion of Hillside Road and its intersection with Alumni Drive will be closed to traffic and pedestrians starting on Monday, Feb. 1 and running through early August (map).  The closure is due to the extensive underground utility infrastructure work that has to be built in support of the construction of the new Northwest Science Quad in the area that was previously surface parking lots.

The closure of Hillside Road is happening at this time to take advantage of the de-densified campus population of students, faculty and staff during the spring 2021 semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The primary effect of this closure is that Hillside Road will not serve as a main thoroughfare through campus during this time.

Parking will still be available in the North Garage with access on Hillside Road before the point of closure. The sidewalk east of the north garage will be opened effective February 8, 2021 permitting pedestrian traffic to flow to and from the north/northwest dorms.

Vehicle access to Alumni Drive for such facilities, such as the Alumni House, the Werth Residence Tower, the Hilltop Residence Towers, Garrigus Suites, and the Hilltop Apartments, will be from Jim Calhoun Drive. Traffic headed north on Alumni Drive will be stopped at the parking lot for the Alumni House.