F1 fans are starting to arrive in town for this weekend's US Grand Prix. Along with the race there will be numerous concerts and events in the downtown area and that means road closures and traffic.
Starting Wednesday morning a couple of blocks downtown will be closed, and then more road closures will occur after that for the Formula One Fan Fest, a three day music festival going on downtown.
The city is preparing for up to 300,000 visitors in the Austin area this weekend. Throughout downtown crews are putting up blue way finder signs with the F1 racecar logo to direct people to interest points and to cabs and buses.
People who live and work downtown should be prepared for a lot of vehicle and foot traffic this weekend and plan to take alternative routes around downtown.
Starting Wednesday morning, 3rd and 4th Streets between Colorado and Congress will be closed along with an alleyway off 5th Street to prepare for Austin Fan Fest.
Thursday morning 3rd and 4th Street closures will be extended to Lavaca, Colorado will close from 2nd to 5th and 2nd between Lavaca and Colorado will be closed. Then Thursday evening the southbound lanes of Congress will close from 2nd to 5th Streets.
Friday, northbound Congress will close from 2nd to 5th Street.
In addition to regular bus service, Capital Metro is running a free downtown loop Nov. 16-18. It will run on a continuous loop from 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 a.m. and is free.
MetroRail service will also be expanded on Saturday and there will be service on Sunday. The city and Capital Metro are encouraging people to visit their web sites for all F1 related information.