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City extends street closures during SXSW

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Some Austin streets are already shut down for SXSW. 

This year instead of setting up roadblocks for four days, the city will block streets for the whole nine days of the festival.

There are also more "no-parking" signs up, especially in East Austin.

"The usual parking spots have now been marked event parking only with tow away signs and we're going to be watching those very closely to make sure the right people park in those spots," said APD Commander William Manno.

Drivers will no longer be allowed to park in residential areas east of I-35 between 7th and 11th streets. You must have a permit. Officers will tow. 

Police also want to warn those visiting downtown that cell phone service will be spotty. They suggest you use the buddy system and establish a meet-up point if anyone gets lost. Keep your car clear of valuables to avoid a break-in. Officers also say there are fake parking attendants waiting to capitalize on your business. Take caution in giving strangers money. Make sure they are legitimate employees.

AAA also has advice for pedestrians.

"To pedestrians please stay off the road when possible and only cross at designated intersections and areas monitor the traffic around you so that you can assess the risk you might take. Never assume that just because you can see the vehicles, the people inside the vehicles can see you," said Doug Shoupe of AAA Texas.

This is what you need to know as far as road closures. The ones in red are closed now. The ones in yellow, are yet to come.

Sixth Street will be shut down throughout the festival as well as the streets feeding off of it. Trinity will be closed along the west side Convention Center, Red River, closed along the east side. There are also closures around Rainey Street. On the east side of I-35, plan for 5th Street to be closed soon.The city is recommending you take either 11th or 15th street to travel through downtown.

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