Don’t jump the gun: Take note of these road closures ahead of the Texas Relays this weekend


The 2017 Texas Relays have begun. The annual competition brings with it some of the country’s best track and field talent—as well as numerous downtown street closures. Here’s what you should know about the annual competition:

  • Officially known as the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, this year is the 90th annual contest.
  • More than 7,700 athletes were accepted into the meet, including 800 high school teams and less than 200 college teams, according to The University of Texas Athletics website.
  • The relays were ranked last year as the 13th-best multiday meet in the world, according to
  • A total of 17 countries are represented as well as 37 U.S. states.
  • Attendance to the event is free today, March 29, and Thursday, March 30 but costs $20 for reserved seating and $10 for general admission Friday and Saturday. Purchase tickets at the Mike A. Myers Stadium box office, 707 Clyde Littlefield Drive, Austin, by calling 512-471-3333 or online at
  • The Longhorn Network will broadcast the meet on tape delay Wed.-Thu. and live from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fri. and 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Sat.

The annual meet also brings with it downtown pedestrian and motorist traffic as well as road closures. Here are some traffic changes to consider during the event Fri.-Sun.

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JJ Velasquez
The Central Austin editor since 2016, JJ covers city government and other topics of community interest—when he's not editing the work of his prolific writers. He began his tenure at Community Impact Newspaper as the reporter for its San Marcos | Buda | Kyle edition covering local government and public education. The Laredo, Texas native is also a web developer whose mission is to make the internet a friendly place for finding objective and engaging news content.
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