Austin
5:35 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Three Things You Need to Know This Labor Day Weekend

While you're remembering the social and economic achievements of American workers this weekend, some things to keep in mind:

There are undoubtedly other rules to follow to ensure personal safety, effective human relationships and good-old-fashioned-holiday-fun, but here are two to keep in mind:

1. No Personal Watercraft on Lake Austin

If your idea of fun is running fast and free on your jetski or "personal watercraft," then stay away from Lake Austin this weekend.  As in previous years, there's a ban in effect.  It's from sunset Friday until sunrise Tuesday.

Powerboats are allowed, as are canoes and kayaks.

2. Remember that it's a No Refusal Weekend

Austin Police announced this afternoon that the entire Labor Day holiday weekend will be a "no refusal" period. The goals is to promote safety by preventing drunk driving. A magistrate will be available to authorize blood andor alcohol searches of suspected drunk drivers. The "no refusal" policy will be in effect from 9:00 pm on Friday to 5 a.m. on Tuesday.

3. Be Ready for Street Closures and Detours

Additionally, the City of Austin says Labor Day weekend events could cause some traffic delays.

Barton Springs Road will be closed from Nature Center Drive to Lou Neff Road this evening for the Zilker Relays.

Starting at midnight, 18th Street between San Jacinto and Brazos will be closed for the Bevo Boulevard Celebration. And the ESPN Austin Game Day event will shut down 17th Street from Trinity to San Jacinto starting Saturday afternoon. You can expect these road closures during every home football game.

Finally, expect delays near Lady Bird Lake on Monday as road access will be limited due to a triathlon.

Capital Metro buses will operate on a Sunday schedule on Labor Day. There will be no MetroRail or UT Shuttle service. You can learn more on the Cap Metro website