Howdy, South by Southwest festival goers! How are you feeling? Are you staying hydrated? SXSW continues throughout downtown Austin Monday and we're here to tell you about the fun stuff: Road closures and traffic! This is why y'all visit, right?
A handful of roads in and around downtown will shut down starting today:
• The left lane and north curb of Fifth Street between Congress Avenue and Brazos Street will be closed from 12:01 a.m. to 8 a.m.
• A parking lane on the north curb of Seventh Street east of Red River Street will be closed from 8 a.m. to 3 a.m. through March 17.
• Riverside Drive between South First Street and just before South Lamar Boulevard will be closed between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. through March 17, according to the city's street closures map.
• Parking lots along that portion of Riverside Drive will also be closed all week.
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Other significant road closures include:
• Sixth Street extending to Interstate 35 North and its intersecting roads, including parts of Neches, Red River, Sabine, Trinity, Brazos and San Jacinto streets, will be closed from midnight until 6 a.m. through March 17.
• Red River Street from Seventh Street to 10th Street will be closed between noon and 8 a.m. and Sabine Street from Fifth Street to Seventh Street will be shut down between 3 a.m. and 8 a.m.
• Rainey Street will be closed between noon and 3 a.m. every day of SXSW. Trinity Street on the west side of the Austin Convention Center will be closed every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
If you are planning to ride to SXSW on an electric scooter or rental bike, bring an umbrella or a rain jacket just in case because the National Weather Service is calling for a 50 percent chance of rain after 1 p.m.
Scooters, bikes and skateboards cannot be ridden through pedestrian-only zones, which include Sixth Street and Rainey Street.
Capital Metro bus and train schedules can be found online. MetroRail trains are typically full during SXSW, and Capital Metro officials suggest using its 14 high-frequency routes that run every 15 minutes.Ten of those routes will take you downtown, according to Capital Metro's website.
Leave yourself a breadcrumb if you brave the roads and find a parking spot downtown — Austin police said you should write down where you parked and try to leave your vehicle in a well-lighted or attended lot. Take your belongings with you or hide them and lock your vehicle, police said.