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Street Closures During SXSW

By Alex Purcell

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It’s every Austin driver’s favorite time of year- SXSW.


If you can’t detect the sarcasm, then you haven’t lived in Austin very long. While SXSW may bring an onslaught of notable celebrities and international culture to our city, the traffic and road closures make driving a nightmare in the already-bustling streets of Austin.


Luckily for you, you can avoid sitting in stopped traffic by checking out the road closures ahead of time. Nobody wants to wait 30 minutes to drive three miles. Not even a good audio book can cure that frustration.


This week, the City of Austin published a massive “Master List” that provides information about all road closures and blocks due to the SXSW festival.


Beginning today until March 19th, these streets will be closed:


– Sixth Street from Brazos Street to Sabine Street
– Brazos and Sabine streets from Fifth Street to Seventh Street
– Red River Street from Fifth Street to Tenth Street
– Trinity Street and San Jacinto Boulevard from Fifth to Sixth street
– Red River Street from Cesar Chavez Street to Davis Street
– Rainey Street from Driskill Street to Holly Street


Other streets on or around downtown Austin will be closed periodically due to special events:


– Neches Street, Trinity Street and San Jacinto Boulevard, will have closures from March 14 to March 19.
– Trinity Street will be closed from Cesar Chavez Street to Fourth Street, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday through March 18
– Riverside Drive from Congress Avenue to Lee Barton Drive, will be closed from March 13 to March 19, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
– Neches Street will be closed from March 13 to March 19, 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.
– Fourth Street, from Lavaca to Colorado, will be closed March 17 and March 18, 5 a.m. to 5 a.m.
– Dawson Street, Bouldin Street, South Third Street and Christopher Street, will be closed March 16 and 17, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., and March 18, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.


To learn more (and view an interactive color-coded closure map), read The Statesman article HERE.


Stay safe on the roads, and happy SXSW!