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You Are Trapped in Your Own Home

One thing I check every week is the City of Austin’s website to see what road closures will occur due to special events. Living so close to downtown, the Palmer Event Center and Auditorium Shores, it is very common for something to be going on.

One thing I check every week is the City of Austin’s Event Closure Page, listing road closures due to special events.

The week’s press release, released yesterday, informed me that South 1st Street between Oltorf and Cesar Chavez will be closed between 7 am and 5 pm on Saturday. That’s the street I live on and that’s a long time for the street to be closed.

I placed a call to the City’s 311 line to ask if this was a complete closure or if there will be a lane open. During the marathon, for example, one southbound lane was open, allowing traffic to make it to Oltorf westbound and back to the normal street system.

As the operator was aware, the street will be closed. Period. She transferred me to Special Events, who basically said she knew the same thing. I asked about the way the marathon had it setup and asked if that wasn’t in the works. She wasn’t sure and said she would do research, getting back to me later in the day. She asked me exactly what street I lived on so she could help figure out a route if South 1st was completely closed. Yes, my friend, I live on South 1st.

This wouldn’t be a big deal except Vanessa and I have an appointment at 10 am and with the 10K’s 4-mile point being right at our apartment complex, I highly doubt all of the racers would be passed us by the time we would need to leave.

Let’s hope for good news.

By Brandon Kraft

My life is an open-source book.

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