Congestion expected on the east side of campus during Civil Rights Summit


Jenna VonHofe

In preparation for the upcoming Civil Rights Summit on Tuesday, barricades are set aside for road closure on the corner of Red River and Clyde Littlefield streets.

Kate Dannenmaier

With this week’s Civil Rights Summit starting on Tuesday at the LBJ Library, students should avoid Red River Street, Robert Dedman Drive and Clyde Littlefield Drive, according to Parking and Transportation Services officials.

PTS parking manager Linsey Duett said although the streets near the LBJ Library are expected to be congested, only one will be closed during the event.

“At this point in time, the only traffic closure will be that no vehicles will be allowed to turn eastbound onto Clyde Littlefield Drive from Robert Dedman Drive,” Duett said.

Road closures could change based on certain circumstances, in which case a notification would be sent to campus through email, according to Duett.

“[Road closures are] potentially scheduled to change on Thursday when President Obama is on campus,” Duett said.

Duett said PTS was given one month to plan traffic coordination for the summit and will be working with UTPD and the Texas Department of Public Safety to control traffic conditions on Red River. According to Duett, PTS’ two main goals while preparing for the event are safety and ensuring that traffic flows smoothly with few backups.

Duett said summit attendees will park in lots on the East side of campus and Manor Garage. According to Duett, this will temporarily displace UT parking permit holders.