Families and graduating students who will be traveling on U.S. 23-74 to attend Western Carolina University commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday (May 6-7) are advised to build in extra travel time in case of traffic back-ups between Balsam and Sylva.

Bridge construction on the highway that reduces the traffic flow to one lane for a short distance could cause significant delays for those driving to campus from the Waynesville and Asheville areas, said Ernie Hudson, WCU chief of police.

Traffic is always heavy for commencement on WCU’s campus. University officials urge those attending to plan on arriving at the Ramsey Regional Activity Center at least one hour before the events begin.

More driving and parking information, including a link to a map of campus traffic patterns, is available at the website http://graduation.wcu.edu.