UT Crowds And I-35 Construction Could Slow Weekend Traffic

May 20, 2011

Interstate 35 is likely to be more congested than usual this weekend because of a flurry of activities at the University of Texas and a construction closure of I-35 at Ben White Blvd.

Not only are there commencement activities at UT Austin this weekend, but there’s also baseball and softball games.

The Longhorns baseball team is scheduled to face off against Texas A&M University at Disch Falk Field on Friday and Saturday at 6 pm. The high-stakes three-game series got underway on Thursday, and will decide the Big 12 championship race.

Meanwhile, right next to Dish Falk at McCombs Field, the University of Houston softball team will play Louisiana-Lafayette in the NCAA Austin Regional at 4 pm today.

Individual UT colleges and schools will be holding convocations from 8:30 am to 7 pm today and from 8:30 am to 3 pm Saturday.  A large university-wide commencement ceremony gets going at 6:30 pm Saturday evening outside the UT Tower. You can check out the complete schedule here.

Add to all that congestion a complete shutdown of I-35 at Ben White Blvd. this weekend.  The northbound lanes will close at 10 pm tonight and the southbound lanes will close at 10 pm Saturday, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. Neither is scheduled to reopen until Sunday night.

If you’re traveling northbound, you’ll be forced to take the frontage road from Stassney Ln. to Woodward St. If you’re headed south, you’ll be forced off at Woodward St. and will be allowed back on at Shelby Ln.

Check out TxDOT’s .pdf maps for more details on the Friday and Saturday closures.