Waco Weekend to bring in tons of traffic

Posted at 10:34 PM, Mar 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-18 16:57:18-04

From the Silos Spring Celebration to sport tournaments to spring breakers, Waco is seeing a lot of visitors.

Officials are warning people to give themselves extra time traveling downtown. 

Several road closures will affect travelers during the event. 

Expect road closures from 6th St. to Clay Ave. and Webster Ave. from 5th to 8th St.

For those trying to get to Interstate 35 from the area, Waco Police suggested taking Washington Avenue to 18th and then to I-35. 

Sgt. Jared Wallace of Waco Police said as more people make their way downtown plan accordingly.

"This isn't your typical traffic day in Waco Texas, so it isn't a good idea to listen to Siri or Google maps or any of your GPS services," Wallace said. 

He said that people shouldn't expect to plug in the location and get close to some of the larger events, because parking may not be available.  That is why more police are downtown this weekend.

"We have a lot  temporary traffic controls that are up and we have a lot of police officers in traffic vests that are trying to divert traffic to free parking we have in the area," said Wallace.

So far the downtown area has avoided any major gridlock. Police are hoping to keep traffic flowing and those walking around safe.

"We have a lot of pedestrians out walking around the streets sharing the sidewalks we have a lot of people in town that don't know our traffic patterns our streets and our stop signs just be very careful at your intersections," Wallace said. 

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