Navigating Downtown SXSW and Construction Closures

March 10, 2014 by Editor

Many Austinites already avoid the crowds while the annual SXSW festival is in town, but that is simply not an option for those that live or work downtown. With so many roads already closed for construction projects, the additional SXSW closures can make life difficult if you are not prepared ahead of time.

How can I find out which roads are closed?

Fortunately for us all, the City has set up a website called Getting Around Austin that shows all of the temporary closures on an interactive map. Although the site is mainly for visitors, it is also a good resource for Austinites who plan on being downtown during the festival.


What does this mean for active construction projects?

Last month the City issued a moratorium for any construction in the right-of-way (ROW) from March 6th through the 17th. During this duration, the work in the ROW must have received prior approval from the City of Austin Transportation Department. The moratorium covers the area known as the Downtown Austin Project Coordination Zone (DAPCZ). This zone is bounded by MLK to Oltorf and MoPac to Chicon.

The crowds are taking over downtown, forcing many road closures. Photo by Dave_B_  [cc]
When does the madness end?

The last day of the festival is Sunday, March 16th. A majority of the temporary SXSW road closures should open back up by 3am on March 16th, just in time for your Monday commute on March 17th. Expect normal construction closures to continue, however, once the City’s moratorium is lifted.

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Written by Editor

Kelly D. is a local engineering and construction professional and the editor of In his day job, he is currently overseeing several construction projects across greater Austin. His postings on this site are his own and do not represent his employer's positions, strategies, or opinions. You can reach him at [email protected]