Austin will be roaring this weekend while the Republic of Texas biker rally rolls in, resulting in road closures downtown.
Though the rally begins today, road closures will not take effect until Friday, from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. for a downtown block party. The party will close off 2nd through 10th streets between Brazos and Colorado streets, as well as Congress Avenue between Cesar Chavez and 11th streets.
The majority of the rally will be held at the Travis County Exposition Center in Northeast Austin.
The rally is expected to draw more than 50,000 motorcycle rally participants and 200,000 observers.
The city suggests alternative routes going North and South using IH-35, Red River Street to Brazos Street, Colorado Street to Guadalupe Street or Lamar Boulevard, and going East and West on MLK Boulevard, 15th Street or Cesar Chavez Street.