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CPCC, Johnson C. Smith open Thursday

Motorists can expect some delays Thursday morning when tens of thousands of college students begin the academic year at two Mecklenburg County colleges.

It will be the first day of the fall semester at both CPCC and at Johnson C. Smith University.

CPCC officials say they expect more than 19,000 students to be enrolled this semester. They will be attending classes at any of six CPCC campuses across Mecklenburg County, but the biggest activity likely will be at the Central campus in Charlotte’s uptown.

Heavy traffic is likely Thursday morning on Charlottetowne Avenue, East Seventh Street, Elizabeth Avenue, South Kings Avenue and East Fourth Street. Traffic snarls are especially likely because many students will be looking for CPCC parking areas for the first time. The biggest congestion is likely from about 8:30 a.m. until 10 a.m.

Congestion also is likely at two other CPCC campuses with large enrollments – the Levine campus, off East Independence Boulevard near I-485 in Matthews; and the Cato campus, off East W.T. Harris Boulevard in northeast Charlotte.

CPCC officials say Student Life representatives will be stationed at booths across all six campuses Thursday, to help answer students’ questions.

Johnson C. Smith University also will start the semester Thursday morning, which means heavier-than-usual traffic on Beatties Ford Road.

Nearly 1,700 students were enrolled last year at the university. Student ambassadors will be available on campus Thursday, to help Smith students with their questions.

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