Red River Street closure to cause traffic changes

Christina Breitbeil

Significant traffic changes and delays will result from the closure of Red River Street on April 12 and preparatory roadwork on 15th Street beginning March 30, according to the University’s Parking and Transportation Services.

Red River will close in order to be realigned for the Dell Medical School Project. The affected section of Red River, from 15th Street to MLK Boulevard, is scheduled to reopen in January. According to a University email, MLK Boulevard and Trinity Street will also experience “significant changes to traffic patterns and flow.”

UT spokeswoman Rhonda Weldon said Parking and Transportation Services has already made arrangements with the different stakeholder groups in the area of campus where Red River is closing.

“We’ve done some replacement parking for spaces in [Longhorn] Lot 108,” Weldon said. “We will allow for deliveries down Red River and emergency vehicles whenever necessary [during the closure]. 15th Street is going to change to allow for an emergency room entrance for Seton [Medical Center].”

The Frank Erwin Center, located on Red River Street, will alter parking to facilitate those attending events at the center, according to Weldon.

“Many of their patrons will park in the Trinity Garage and state garages off of Trinity,” Weldon said. “We plan to use directional signage that assists Erwin Center patrons with wayfinding [to the center], and those will go up on construction fences once they’re erected.”

Capital Metro spokeswoman Melissa Ayala said CapMetro will also have to implement changes due to the street closure and roadwork.

“Capital Metro will [create] detours around the affected streets when closures begin,” Ayala said. “We will post signage at stops indicating where riders should catch their bus. As with any street closure, we assess the affected area and determine where service can be rerouted with the same area.”