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Raleigh Readies Itself for Graduation Gridlock

Posted May 13, 1999

— Driving around downtown Raleigh this weekend will be tricky. Add upN.C. State's graduation, Artsplosure, and the Great Raleigh Road Race and you get traffic, traffic, traffic.

Many people will be headed toReynolds ColiseumSaturday, the site of N.C. State's graduation. A bad weather forecast forced school officials to move the ceremony to Reynolds late Friday morning.

"Carter-Finley is not conducive for wind and rain...when you're just sitting there, so that's why we made the decision to move," says N.C. State Commencement Coordinator Martha Welch.

Now the school is rushing to prepare Reynolds Coliseum for the more than 3,000 graduates and their families.

The ceremony will be the first indoor spring graduation in 10 years. But Mother Nature won't spoil the mood for new alums.

Artsplosure volunteers are also setting up shop for this weekend.

Joseph Huberman is one of 200 artists who will display their creations this weekend downtown. He calls one of his exhibits floating solids -- he hopes kids will call them fun.

"It's just a real fun thing to see something this big come down on you, and be able to see it bouncing in the air," Huberman says of the exhibit.

Artsplosure volunteers suggest people park in lots on Person Street and in the government lots adjacent to the activities.

If that isn't enough, put on your running shoes! Nearly 1,500 people will participate in the Great Raleigh Road Race.

The race starts at 11 a.m. on Hillsborough Street, when Artsplosure and State's graduation activities will already be underway.

Traffic should be heaviest in the morning but expect downtown streets to be busy all day. Parking may also be a problem.


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