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Inaugural events planned on campus, Jan. 17

On Tuesday, Jan. 17, two New Jersey inaugural events for Gov.-elect Jon Corzine will take place at the University that will affect traffic around the campus.

An interfaith prayer service will take place from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in the University Chapel and an inaugural ball is scheduled for 7 to 11 p.m. in Jadwin Gymnasium. The events are not open to the general public.

Chapel Drive will be open on Tuesday morning only to University shuttles and to busses bringing guests to the service. Princeton is not providing parking for the prayer service in University lots, but metered parking spaces along William Street will be reserved for busses and special guests at the service.

Beginning at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, traffic patterns around the campus will be altered to accommodate the 5,000 guests expected for the ball. Most will park in lots off Scudders Mill Road in Plainsboro and be bussed to Jadwin Gym. One lane of traffic coming toward Princeton on Route 1 from Scudders Mill Road to Harrison Street and one lane of traffic on Faculty Road from Harrison Street to the gym will be closed.

University employees will be able to leave the campus via the regular routes, including on Faculty Road toward Harrison Street and Route 1; however, traffic in that area is expected to be heavy. Traffic control officers will be stationed at major affected intersections to facilitate traffic flow.

Five University lots will be used for inaugural ball parking beginning at 5:30 p.m.: lots  4 and 25 north of Ivy Lane near Princeton Stadium; lot 15 near the armory; lot 20 south of the Icahn Laboratory; and lot 21 east of Jadwin Gym.

More information about the events is available on the inauguration Web site. Traffic information is available on the New Jersey Department of Transportation Web site

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