Traffic Tidbits: Watch Out for Fiesta Road Closures

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The view of the Battle of Flowers parade heading South on Broadway. Photo by Scott Ball.

Scott Ball / Rivard Report

Multiple road closures will be taking place throughout downtown San Antonio during Fiesta.

Fiesta is officially underway. There’s plenty of partying to be enjoyed citywide. That also means road closures around the sites of several major Fiesta events. Here are some details:

*Fiesta Arts Fair at the Southwest School of Art: Augusta, Navarro, Convent, and Giraud streets will have either full closure or limited access during certain hours through 10 p.m. Sunday. Augusta from Convent to Navarro will be fully open Friday and Saturday nights, during non-event hours.

*Deco District Arts and Music Festival: Parts of seven streets between Fredericksburg Road and Buckeye, Fulton and West Rosewood avenues, all south of Hildebrand Avenue, will be closed 7 a.m.-midnight Saturday.

*Night In Old San Antonio at La Villita: Gradual road closures begin 8 a.m. Saturday along South Presa Street between Market and Nueva streets. South Presa between Nueva and Arciniega Street will be made one-way southbound during event hours 4 p.m.-midnight Tuesday through April 26. Otherwise, South Presa will be closed until 9 p.m. April 28.

Southbound Alamo Street between Villita Street and Nueva will be completely closed from 6 a.m. Sunday until noon April 27. Southbound Alamo from Market to Villita will remain open to through traffic to access the Hilton Palacio del Rio. Northbound Alamo from Market and César Chávez Boulevard will be closed 5 p.m.-midnight during event hours Tuesday-April 26.

Westbound Nueva between South Presa and South Alamo Street will be closed 8 a.m. Saturday to 9 p.m. April 28. The inside eastbound lane of Nueva will be closed from Presa to Navarro during event hours 4 p.m.-midnight Tuesday-April 26. The southern eastbound lane of Nueva will available to access the Fairmount Hotel and St. John’s Lutheran Church.

*Fiesta de los Reyes at Market Square: San Saba Street between Dolorosa and West Commerce streets is already closed and will not reopen until 5 p.m. April 29. A fence is erected to prevent pedestrians from crossing Santa Rosa Street mid-block between Commerce and Dolorosa.

*Pilgrimage to the Alamo: Auditorium Circle and Alamo Plaza between East Houston and Crockett streets will be closed 3-5:30 p.m. Monday.

*Fiesta San Fernando: Curb lanes of streets surrounding Main Plaza will be closed at varying times from Tuesday morning through 5 a.m. April 28.

*10th Street River Fest: 10th Street from the gate entrance of VFW Post 76 to Avenue B will be closed noon-midnight Tuesday-April 28.

*Battle of Flowers and Flambeau parades: The city will close 10th Street from Avenue B to North Alamo 6 a.m. April 26 until midnight April 27. Tenth Street from Broadway to North Alamo will be closed 4 p.m. April 25 until 2 a.m. April 28. Travis Street will be closed from Broadway to North Alamo 6 a.m. April 26 until 2 a.m. April 28.

Access to the forming and disbanding areas for the Battle of Flowers Parade is restricted beginning at 5 a.m. April 26 and ending at the parade’s conclusion.

Access to the same areas for the Flambeau Parade is restricted starting at 3:30 p.m. April 27 and ending after the parade finishes. Motorists are urged be careful around freeway exits near the start and end points of the parade route during either parade.

There are no scheduled road closures for Fiesta events such as A Taste of the Northside at the Club at Sonterra on Wednesday, or the multiday Carnival at the Alamodome parking lot. But motorists are encouraged to be wary of traffic congestion in those areas.

Visitors coming into the western part of downtown should be wary of ongoing work in the San Pedro Creek Improvements Project.

The northernmost lanes of Commerce Street between South Flores and Laredo streets are closed. Calder Alley between Dolorosa and West Commerce streets is permanently closed until construction is complete.

Construction crews will soon start demolishing the northern portion of the Commerce Street bridge. Crews will also keep building a temporary deck for the placement of concrete at the Penner’s parking structure.

A subcontractor will install fountain piping between Houston and Commerce streets. Additionally, workers will prepare for concrete pours for the deck bottom and for additional pours of the channel walls between Houston and Commerce streets.

Crews will also continue demolishing and excavating the east channel wall between Commerce and Dolorosa streets. Workers plan to salvage some of the stone for future use.

Check out Texas Department of Transportation-San Antonio, the city’s Transportation and Capital Improvements department, and CPS Energy for more current and upcoming road closures elsewhere around town.

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