Street Closures

It’s a busy weekend in Austin, with Halloween and Formula 1 festivities. That means downtown road closures.

Trinity between Cesar Chavez and 4th Street will be closed until midnight for Formula One. So will 2nd and 3rd Streets between Trinity and San Jacinto. Neches between 4th and 5th Streets will also be closed all day.

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With Thanksgiving over, Austin turns to the winter holidays this weekend. 

The Zilker Holiday Tree returns for the holiday season on Sunday. Celebrating  its 47th lightning ceremony, the Holiday Tree will remain lit nightly, from 6 p.m. until midnight, until Dec. 31.

Taking place on Saturday is the annual Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade. The parade, benefiting Operation Blue Santa, begins at 11 a.m. in downtown Austin. That means street closures from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday. (See a map below.)

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon, KUT News

Update: The final Sunday of ACL's second weekend has been canceled due to weather.

For more, including information on refunds see: Heavy Rains Soak Austin, Central Texas; ACL Festival Cancels Final Day  

Update (Oct. 11): Traffic could be a bigger problem in the Austin area for weekend two of the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Road closures around Zilker Park and Republic Square Park will be in place just like last weekend (see below). But the highways may also be packed.

This weekend, parts of downtown Austin will be closed Saturday and Sunday for different events.

The March for Babies will start at 9 a.m. Saturday morning. Registration for those who want to march starts at 8 a.m. at Auditorium Shores. The march raises money for children who are born too early. As a result of the march, Congress Avenue and a few other streets will be closed in the morning on Saturday.

City of Austin

The Commitment Day 5K is taking place in downtown Austin this morning. The race starts at 10 a.m. and is expected to last until 12 p.m.

South 1st Street will be closed from Barton Springs Road to Cesar Chavez Street. Cesar Chavez Street will be closed from Lavaca Steet to Mopac (Loop 1).

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

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.

View Formula 1 Closures for Nov. 15 in a larger map

Update: The city has partnered with the University of Texas to allow Centennial Park to be a shuttle pick-up and drop off location. As a result, UT says there may be heavy traffic in the area bound by the perimeter of Trinity Street, MLK Boulevard, I-35 and East 15th Street.

"R" Permit holders for the Trinity Garage will need to relocate for the weekend. "F" and "S" permit holders are not required to relocate, but the University has suggested it. "F" and "S" permit holders may park free of charge at any of university garage, with the exception of the Conference Center Garage (CCG) and Manor Garage (MAG). For more information, check out UT's Formula One parking guide.

View Street Closures for Nov. 2-4 in a larger map

A slew of events this weekend will make navigating downtown Austin a bit more challenging than usual.

The seventh annual Fun Fun Fun Fest is already underway at Auditorium Shores. Bouldin Avenue and South Fifth Street/Dawson Road are open to residents only. No festival parking is allowed in Bouldin Creek neighborhood.

Many more street closures are in effect Sunday, when the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K launches. East 18th Street from Congress Avenue to San Jacinto Boulevard and Brazos Street from MLK Jr. Boulevard to East 17th Street are first to close, at 6 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3.

Several more full and partial closures are in effect Sunday, as illustrated in the map above. Here’s a rundown of the partial closures:

Nathan Bernier, KUT News

It was a dangerous night on Austin roads as three separate incidents lead to three deaths.

The lower deck of Interstate 35 was closed at the split this morning, due to a fatality in the 3200 block of the interstate.

KXAN spoke with Austin Police Sgt. Daniel Watson; he told the station a man was “running in the lanes” along the interstate, near St. David’s Hospital, and was killed after getting hit by a truck. The motorist stayed at the scene and cooperated with authorities.

In southeast Travis County, another pedestrian and auto collision occurred at Highway 71 East and FM 973. The incident closed all westbound lanes of Highway 71. According to the Austin American-Statesman, the pedestrian was also in the road, and the driver also remained on the scene.

City of Austin

Construction on Oltorf Street may disrupt your commute this week.

The city has closed part of Oltorf Street between South Congress Avenue and Interstate 35 to complete work on water lines. All westbound lanes are closed. One eastbound lane remains open.

The construction is scheduled to last through Friday but some closures may continue through the weekend.

U.S. Department of Defense

A funeral for an Austin soldier slain in Afghanistan is heading to Killeen this afternoon.

Starting at 1 p.m., officers are escorting Sergeant Juan Navarro’s body from Austin to Killeen for burial. The funeral procession starts in North Austin and will head south on Lamar to Koenig Lane. It will then head to I-35 before exiting to 195 toward Kileen.

Sergeant Navarro was killed in an attack on July 7 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He enlisted in the Army in 2008, serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He was 23. 

Jeff Heimsath for KUT News

President Barack Obama will campaign in San Antonio and Austin today, where he has four fundraisers planned to raise money big money.The visit is expected to cause traffic problems in Austin during this evening’s rush hour.

While Air Force One is scheduled to touch down in Austin around 4:25 p.m., the exact route of the president’s motorcade is classified for security reasons. Consequently, no one’s sure just how bad any resultant traffic tie-ups will be.

Capital Metro service will be detoured within the following perimeters: Fifth Street, Congress, Lamar and Riverside.

View Lamar Street Closure in a larger map

Update: Via Twitter, Austin Energy confirms reports stating Lamar Boulevard near MLK Boulevard is partially reopen, and should be completely clear closer to 3 p.m.

Original post (9:06 a.m.): Part of Lamar Boulevard is shut down this morning because Austin Energy crews are working to repair a utility pole.

Austin Energy Spokesman Ed Clark says a tree fell onto utility lines, bringing the pole down onto the street.

Northbound traffic on Lamar in the area is being diverted to 15th Street, and southbound traffic is being diverted to MLK.

Update (8:53 a.m.): Police say all southbound lanes of I-35 are now open.

Traffic was diverted for several hours this morning after an 18-wheeler jackknifed on I-35, trying to avoid hitting a pedestrian. The pedestrian died. The accident occurred at 2 a.m. today, Austin police said.

While both northbound and southbound lanes were closed for about an hour this morning around the 5500 block of the highway, all northbound lanes were said to be open by 8:30 this morning. Southbound lanes were expected to be opened by approximately 9 a.m.

KUT News

Tuesday, June 19th marks the 147th anniversary of Juneteenth, marking the abolition of slavery in Texas.

To celebrate the day, when enforcement of President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation reached Texas, a parade will wind its way through east Austin.

It’s the 16th annual parade put on by the volunteer-based Juneteenth Committee. For coordinator Gwendolyn Doyle, the event is more than a simple celebration.

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It wouldn’t be a major weekend in Austin without some downtown street closures.

Don’t worry, as KUT News has everything you need to know to navigate Austin this Memorial Day weekend.  

Sunday: As a precursor to Memorial Day’s Capital of Texas Triathlon, organizers are hosting a Doggie Du Dash and Kids K fun run – meaning the following streets will be closed:

View May 5th/May 6th Road Closures in a larger map

If it’s a weekend in Austin, there must be some special events. And special events mean road closures. Five big events are happening this weekend, and KUT News has mapped the closures above. Here’s more on what’s happening:

  • Chuy’s Hot to Trot 5K and Kid-K: Chuy’s Arbor Trails location is sponsoring a 5K run Saturday, May 5. The Kid-K is approximately a half-mile and everyone receives a medal as they cross the line. Online registration for the event is closed, but in-person registration is available Friday until 8 p.m. and Saturday beginning at 6:30 a.m.

View Major IH-35 - Southbound Closure in a larger map

Update: All lanes have been reopened, reports TxDOT.

Original Post: The Texas Department of Transportation says all southbound lanes of North Interstate 35 are closed just south of the U.S. 183 exit because of a major crash.

Traffic is being detoured to the access road.