HONOLULU (KHON2) — With around 50,000 University of Hawaii at Manoa and private school students heading back to class, city and state officials are once again urging drivers to “beat the school jam.”

UH students began moving into the dorms on Monday, Aug. 15.

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Mayor Rick Blangiardi said with students back in person hopefully things will get back to normal and “more than anything, what we really want to do, in anticipation that the fact it’s been a while since we’ve had this.

“We all know what it’s been like historically to have the cars on the road, the back to school, the kind of delays and everything else,” he said. “We want to try to do everything we can to mitigate that.”

The Hawaii Department of Transportation’s deputy director for highways asked people to maintain their vehicles and be aware as stalls and crashes make up more than one-third of delays on our roads.

“One minute of delay because of a stall or crash equals six minutes of a delay for everybody else in the system.”

Ed Sniffen, HDOT Deputy Director for Highways

HDOT suggests checking if there are any delays before leaving either on a third-party app or on the live traffic camera if you live in Honolulu.

Residents can also sign up to get notice of roadwork.

It’s also recommended by the HDOT to plan your routes, carpool and take advantage of transportation resources such as Biki and TheBus.

“This is going to be the first time that we have ever waived, suspended our fairs on the city bus system and that suspension of fairs will begin on Aug. 22 and will go until Aug. 26,” said Roger Morton, Honolulu Department of Transportation Services director.

The mayor along with the Hawaii State Department of Education also reminds the community to watch out for keiki as we are in the middle of pedestrian safety month.

Gov. David Ige asked the community to keep their eyes out as pedestrians and bicyclists “are out there in greater numbers. So, if you are a driver, we want to remind you that you must share the road.”

Emily Evans with the DOE’s Student Transportation Services Branch said the DOE “welcomed about 160,000 students back two weeks ago. About 50% of those kids live within the walk zone of their school, so please keep the slow pace especially if you find yourself in localized traffic around the schools.”

The move-in days on UH expected to have the most traffic are Tuesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

UH reported the east-bound lane on Dole Street, fronting Johnson Hall, will be coned off to assist with unloading.

Any students living at Hale Kahawai and Hale Laulima may go up the East-West Road and be queued in the residence hall driveway.

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There are about 3,500 students moving onto the campus.