Traffic changes for this weekend's Fiesta de la Flor festival

CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - You may already be noticing some changes to downtown traffic. The City announced that closures and detours will begin being put in place Monday in preparation for this weekend's Fiesta de la Flor festival.

The festival runs March 24-25 at North Bayfront Park. Here are some traffic changes you should keep in mind this week:

March 20-22, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.:

- The center and right lanes of southbound I-37 will be allowed to turn right onto southbound Shoreline Boulevard. The left lane will be open to allow access to northbound Shoreline Boulevard.

- The northbound lanes of Shoreline Boulevard will be reduced to two lanes at Mann Street and then reduced to one lane at I-37.

- The north and southbound lanes of Shoreline Boulevard will be closed between Resaca Street and Power Street.

- The north and southbound lanes of Water Street will be closed between Resaca Street and Palo Alto Street.

- The east and westbound lanes of Fitzgerald Street will be closed between N. Chaparral Street and Shoreline Boulevard. Access to Fitzgerald Street will be monitored and managed by the American Bank Center parking staff during preparations and the events.

- Resaca Street will remain open to access the barge dock, the Art Museum of South Texas, Hester's Café and additional American Bank Center parking.

March 22-24, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.:

- Southbound IH 37 center and right lanes will be forced to turn right to southbound Shoreline Boulevard and the left lane will be open to allow access to northbound Shoreline Boulevard.

- Northbound lanes of Shoreline Boulevard will be reduced to two lanes at Mann Street and then reduced to one lane at IH-37.

- North and southbound lanes of Shoreline Boulevard will be closed between Resaca Street and Power Street.

- North and southbound lanes of Water Street will be closed between Resaca Street & Palo Alto Street.

- East and westbound lanes of Fitzgerald Street will be closed between N. Chaparral Street and Shoreline Boulevard (access to Fitzgerald Street will be monitored and managed by American Bank Center parking staff during events.)

- Barge dock access will be closed.

- East and westbound lanes of Resaca Street will be closed between N. Water Street and Shoreline Boulevard to thru traffic with local access only traffic allowed.

- East and westbound lanes of Palo Alto Street will be closed between N. Water Street and Shoreline Boulevard.

March 24, 7 a.m. (with additional changes beginning at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. as indicated below) through the afternoon of March 26:

- Southbound IH 37 center and right lanes will be forced to turn right to southbound Shoreline Boulevard and until 3 pm. The left lane will be open to allow access to northbound Shoreline Boulevard. Until 3 pm, northbound lanes of Shoreline Boulevard will be reduced to two lanes at Mann Street and then reduced to one lane at IH-37.

- Beginning at 3 pm on Friday, March 23 and through Sunday afternoon, March 26,  2017, northbound lanes of Shoreline Boulevard will be closed at IH-37 and left turns onto northbound Shoreline Boulevard from IH-37 will be restricted.

- North and southbound lanes of Shoreline Boulevard will be closed between Resaca Street and Power Street.

- Northbound Water Street will be closed at Power Street to thru traffic with local access traffic only allowed.

- East and westbound lanes of Resaca Street will be closed at Chaparral Street (access to Resaca Street will be monitored and managed by American Bank Center parking staff during events.)

- East and westbound lanes of Fitzgerald Street will be closed between N. Chaparral Street and Shoreline Boulevard (access to Fitzgerald Street will be monitored and managed by American Bank Center parking staff during events.)

- East and westbound Palo Alto Street will be closed at Chaparral Street. Local traffic will have access through Water Street.

- Eastbound Power Street will be closed at Chaparral Street. Both eastbound and westbound lanes of Power Street will be closed between Mesquite Street and Chaparral Street.

- East and westbound lanes of Palo Alto Street and Fitzgerald Street will be closed between Mesquite Street & Chaparral Street.

- Eastbound Hughes Street and eastbound Brewster’s Street will be closed at Mesquite Street.

- Southbound lanes of Chaparral Street will be closed at the intersection with Hirsch Street.

- Beginning at 5 pm on Friday March 24, through Sunday afternoon, March 26, 2017, Belden Street access at Chaparral Street will be restricted to ONLY Park & Ride buses, talent buses, handicap pickup and drop-off, Federal Courthouse personnel, and Port of CC personnel.

The City recommends that drivers expect delays when traveling in the area and if possible, seek alternate routes.

There will also be traffic changes during the event, March 24 and 25. During both days there will be significant parking restrictions. No street parking will be allowed around the event side; American Bank Center parking will be reserved for events at its venue; and Park and Ride services will be operating for the Fiesta.

Traffic changes will extend into Sunday. For more information, please contact Traffic Engineering at 361-826-3547.

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