Formula 1
7:06 am
Mon November 19, 2012

A Little Traffic, A Few Street Closures as F1 Winds Down

Austin’s first Formula 1 race is now in the record books. McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton won the U.S. Grand Prix.

Thousands of F1 fans are now headed to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Officials say today could be one of the busiest days ever at the airport. To help with increased demand, airlines added seven flights today and a total of more than 2,500 additional seats.

The city is expecting heavy traffic around the airport and longer-than-normal screening lines. Airport officials say passengers need to arrive at least two hours before takeoff.

Some downtown streets remain closed this morning following the Austin Fan Fest. Congress Avenue is back open but a portion of Colorado is still closed—as are parts of Second, Third and Fourth Streets.

Colorado and Second Street will be back open by 6 p.m. while Third and Fourth Streets between Colorado and Congress will remain closed until midnight.