We’re a little late off the blocks on this one, but only a little. The 90th Annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays (the longstanding track-and-field even more commonly referred to as the Texas Relays) started here Wednesday and will run (heh) through Saturday.
The relays always bring in crowds of visitors from all over the state as well as attendants from Austin, so you know the drill: there will be street closures and other traffic accommodations in force Friday and Saturday.
According to a press release from the Austin Police Department, the closures and possible closures will be as follows:
As with most special events, the follow closures will be in place the evenings (as early as 6 p.m.) Friday, March 31–Sunday, April 2:
• East Sixth Street between Brazos Street and the west frontage road of IH-35
• The 500 and 600 blocks of Sabine, Red River, Neches, Trinity, and San Jacinto streets
The following streets may be closed intermittently:
• Southbound frontage road at 11th Street
• Eighth Street exit ramp from IH-35 southbound
• Cesar Chavez Street exit ramp from IH-35 southbound
• Northbound frontage at 8th Street
• Northbound frontage at Sixth Street
• Sixth Street exit ramp from IH-35 northbound
• Northbound frontage road at the entrance ramp from Seventh Street
Drivers are encouraged to use Mopac Expressway, Congress Avenue, Martin Luther King Boulevard, Guadalupe Street, or Lamar Boulevard to get into the Downtown area. Motorists are encouraged to drive with caution when in the Sixth Street Entertainment District due to high pedestrian traffic.
Keep in mind also that the Urban Music Festival takes place Friday and Saturday at Auditorium Shores. There are no planned road closures for that event, but there will probably be increased traffic in the area.