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2:38 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

SXSW Street Closure Map

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As South by Southwest Interactive comes to a close, the SXSW Music festival is gearing up – and with it, a new, vastly expanded round of street closures.

The closures that began during the SXSW Interactive and Film festivals will stay in effect. And a new slate of traffic snarls, depicted in the map above, began at 5 a.m. this morning.

You can click on any highlighted closure in the map above for more details.

The City of Austin also has a list of the additional closures below:

Additional traffic changes will be in effect from 5 a.m. March 13 to 6 a.m. March 18. Roads closed during that period include:

  • All streets between Fifth and Seventh streets
  • Those that intersect Sixth Street from San Jacinto Boulevard to Sabine Streets
  • Trinity Street reduced lanes between 12th and 15th, and Fourth and Fifth streets
    • reduced 5 a.m. March 14 until 6 a.m. March 18
  • Sabine Street from Cesar Chavez to East Second Street and East Second Street to dead end
    • closed 6 a.m. March 13 until 6 a.m. March 18
  • East Ninth Street reduced to two lanes between Trinity and Red River streets
    • reduced 5 a.m. March 14 until 6 a.m. March 18
  • East Eighth Street reduced to three lanes between IH-35 and Trinity Street
    • reduced 5 a.m. March 14 until 6 a.m. March 18
  • Seventh Street reduced to three lanes between Brazos and Sabine streets
    • reduced 2 p.m. March 13 until 5 a.m. March 18
  • East Fifth Street reduced to three lanes between San Jacinto Boulevard and Trinity Street (two lanes between San Jacinto and Red River)
    • reduced 2 p.m. March 13 until 5 a.m. March 18
  • East Fifth Street closures between IH-35 and Waller Street (intersecting streets San Marcos and Brushy between Fifth and Sixth)
    • closed 9 a.m. March 14 until 6 a.m. March 18
  • West Fourth Street closed between Congress Avenue and Colorado Street
    • closed 6 p.m. March 12 to 4 a.m. March 13
    • closed 2 p.m. March 15 to 4 a.m. March 16
    • closed 2 p.m. March 16 to 5 a.m. March 18
  • Riverside Drive closed between South First Street and traffic circle
    • closed noon to midnight daily, March 15-16
    • closed 10 a.m. to midnight March 17
  • Bouldin and Dawson streets closed between Barton Springs Road and Christopher Street (local traffic only)
    • closed 3 p.m. to midnight daily, March 15-16
    • closed 10 a.m. until midnight, March 17

Travelers would do well to bypass the Downtown area or take public transportation. The City of Austin advises:

During this high-traffic time, those heading to Downtown Austin are encouraged to share rides, bike or use public transit when possible. Capital Metro has numerous routes throughout Downtown and the greater Austin area. Night Owl routes run from midnight to 3 a.m. every night but Sunday. During the SXSW music weekend (March 16-17), Capital Metro will also add buses to the No. 481 and No. 484 Night Owl routes.

You can read more about Capital Metro's increased service on its website