Parking and Traffic Advisory: April 26 – April 28

Posted: April 25, 2017 at 2:03 pm, Last Updated: April 25, 2017 at 4:48 pm

Below are several events later this week that will have varying parking and traffic impacts on the Fairfax Campus:

1. Wednesday, April 26, at 10:30 a.m., former Vice President Joe Biden will visit campus and speak in The Hub Ballroom to promote “It’s On Us”, an organization committed to stopping sexual assault. For more information, read the article at: Doors open at 9:45 a.m.

Rivanna River Lane and the parking lots by The Hub and Southside will be closed from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. except for disabled parking needs. Public parking will be available in the Rappahannock River Deck, including the roof, which will open for limited overflow parking. Lot K will also be available for public parking. As a result, expect additional traffic on campus and additional parking demand.  Allow extra time to get to and from campus.

2. Thursday, April 27, Lot L will be closed in preparation for Mason Day, which is Friday, April 28.

  • A section of Lot L will close Tuesday, April 25 at 11 p.m. with the rest of the lot closing at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26 to allow for set up of Mason Day.
  • As a result, the General permit areas on the east campus may reach capacity on Thursday.  There is also a concert at Eagle Bank Arena Thursday evening, with doors opening at 6 p.m. 

General permit holders arriving to campus after 12 p.m. are advised to head directly to Lot K. Additional parking will be available in the Rappahannock River Parking Deck’s permit areas. After 5 p.m., additional parking in the Shenandoah Parking Deck on Levels 4/5 will be available.

  • If Lot K fills, representatives will be available to direct traffic to available parking spaces.  All Mason parking permits which are valid on the east campus will be provided a parking space. Allow extra time to get to and from campus.

3. Thursday, April 27, the 21st Annual Victims’ Rights Run & Walk 5K.

The race begins at noon in front of Merten Hall, followed by a ceremony on the Merten Hall lawn. As with any road race, there will be minor traffic impacts. Patriot Circle between George Mason Boulevard and Chesapeake River Lane in front of Merten Hall will be closed between 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. From approximately 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., the following road impacts will be in place:

  • George Mason Boulevard between University Drive and Patriot Circle will be closed.
  • Traffic on Route 123 at University Drive will be stopped for a few minutes as runners cross from East to West Campus.
  • Expect  intermittent lane closures around Patriot Circle during the race.

If you want to run or walk, you can sign up on site Thursday morning. For more information, go to:

The proceeds of this event go to support the George Mason University Victims of Violence Fund and the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Program. Mason’s Victims of Violence Fund, administered by Student Support and Advocacy Center, provides direct assistance to student survivors of sexual assault, stalking, and dating/partner violence.

Your involvement makes it possible for us to fund these two important programs, while promoting and defending victims’ rights!

The Victims’ Rights 5K Run & Walk is a George Mason University tradition! Enjoy a fitness run and walk along with a celebration of local vendors and sponsors.


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