Police shut down downtown streets ahead of Fiesta de la Flor this weekend

Posted at 9:06 PM, Apr 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-09 22:06:15-04

The closures and detours are all downtown and mostly near the American Bank Center.

“We plan the best we can to get as much traffic through there safely as we can, but anyone driving through that area should expect some delays and not be in a hurry,” says Captain Russell Sherman of the Police Department’s Traffic Division.

Phase one started Monday as Shoreline was shut down between Powers and Resaca.

Traffic was detoured down Powers Street.

Wednesday is phase two with more shut-downs in the plan, but they don’t affect businesses or your typical daily commute.

Friday, police will shut down two main roads, Water Street and Chaparral.

Chaparral will be a one-way from the event area and drivers will have to take Mesquite to leave the event area.

Thousands of people are expected to attend, so with all those drivers on the road, parking will be tight.

“There’s going to be a lot of people trying to get into that area on Friday for this event and other events that are going on downtown,” Sherman said.

Police will use water barricades to keep people safe. The barriers will be in place to prevent cars from driving into areas of crowds of people.

Towing will be enforced, so your best bet is the park-and-ride. The pick-up locations will be the Courthouse and City Hall.

Fiesta de la Flor honors Selena as an International Tejano superstar. The event starts Friday, April 13 at 5:30 and runs through Sunday at midnight.