You probably shouldn't drive downtown this weekend, but if you do, avoid these areas.
You probably shouldn't drive downtown this weekend, but if you do, avoid these areas.
Screenshot courtesy of Houston Emergency Operations Center

World Series Road Closures Will Bring Traffic Jams to Downtown Houston

We don’t recommend driving downtown this weekend, but if you feel compelled, you should be aware of the road closings that start Friday and last throughout the weekend. The reason? Our amazin' Astros will be playing games three, four and five of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

All streets immediately adjacent to Minute Maid Park will be closed. That includes Crawford and Hamilton between Capitol and Franklin, and Congress and Texas between Chartres and La Branch. Detours have also been set up around the stadium to assist traffic flow, but the city is urging those going to the games or even just downtown to avoid driving if possible. MetroRail is even offering free rides to those with tickets as an incentive to stay off the roads. The Red, Green and Purple lines will drop patrons about four blocks from the stadium.

The Houston Emergency Operations Center has released all this information, as well of a map of road closures and details, online.

If you are one of those brave, or stubborn, souls trying to drive downtown, parking will be limited. The Houston Chronicle reported Friday that lots next to the stadium were charging as much as $75. Spots about a mile away were going for $10. Remember, some garages near Buffalo Bayou and the Theater District are still being repaired from Hurricane Harvey damage.

And if you plan on drinking, find a sober driver or any other legal form of transportation. The city has ramped up DWI enforcement for the weekend as well.

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