If your commute requires you to negotiate your way through the area in front of the convention center, you'll have to find an alternate route for the next several weeks.

In order to make sure trolley-related construction on Santa Fe Street is finished before the Celebration of Lights festivities and WinterFest, Santa Fe is now closed to all traffic between Franklin Avenue and Overland Avenue.

City crews expect the closure to last approximately four weeks. Until then if you need to access the convention center parking garage, they've set up a temporary entrance on San Antonio Avenue at Chihuahua Street.

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Additionally, San Antonio will be closed to thru traffic at Santa Fe Street. Santa Fe Street will re-open to one lane in each direction between Overland Avenue and Paisano Drive. Overland Avenue will re-open at Santa Fe Street at this time.

Existing lane restrictions remain in place on Kansas Street between Franklin Avenue and Father Rahm Avenue. Main Drive, Mills Avenue, San Antonio Avenue, and Overland Avenue remain closed to thru traffic between Kansas Street and Stanton Street.

Alternate Routes into Downtown

To avoid these work zones, commuters who usually use Santa Fe Street or Kansas Street are encouraged to consider the following alternate routes:

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●I-10 East to Exit 16/Executive Center Boulevard to Paisano Drive.

●I-10 East to Exit 18B/Porfirio Diaz Street to Franklin Avenue to Durango to Paisano.

●I-10 West to Exit 20/Cotton Street and access Downtown via Texas Ave or Myrtle Ave.

●Loop 375 West/César Chávez Border Highway to Campbell Street.