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3 rallies in downtown Dallas likely to cause a traffic car-tastrophe

3 rallies in downtown Dallas likely to cause a traffic car-tastrophe

Dallas City Hall
One rally will begin at Dallas City Hall. Courtesy photo

Downtown Dallas promises to be a crazy cluster on Saturday, January 20, when three groups will take to the streets with peaceful rallies and marches.

In response, the city will close off numerous streets around the Central Business District. Projected attendance varies for each event, with the largest attendance expected to be 6,000. Road closures will make getting through downtown difficult between 10 am and 2 pm.

Events include a rally to impeach President Donald Trump, part of a nationwide initiative, with identical events being organized in cities across the country.

In Dallas, the rally will take place from 11 am-2 pm, with a meetup at Dallas City Hall followed by a procession to the JFK Memorial on Commerce Street and a return to City Hall.

The following streets will be intermittently closed to traffic from 1-2 pm:

  • Marilla Street – All west bound lanes closed from Akard Street to Young Street
  • Akard Street – All south bound lanes closed from Marilla Street to Canton Street
  • Canton Street – All south bound lanes closed from Akard Street to Lamar Street
  • Lamar Street – All north bound lanes closed from Canton Street to Commerce Street
  • Commerce Street – All east bound lanes closed from Lamar Street to South Griffin Street
  • South Griffin Street – All south bound lanes closed from Commerce Street to Young Street
  • Young Street – All east bound lanes closed from South Griffin Street to Marilla Street

There will also be an one-year anniversary commemoration of the Dallas Women's March, which is also part of a national observance of the day one year ago that large groups of people wearing pink knitted hats congregated to stand up for equality, justice, and inclusion.

The Dallas event begins at St. Paul United Methodist Church at 1816 Routh St. and proceeds through Uptown to end at Pike Park at 2807 Harry Hines Blvd.

The city will close traffic from 10 am to 12 noon on the following streets:

  • Routh Street – All north bound lanes closed from Wade Street to Maple-Routh ConnectionJan
  • Maple-Routh Connection – All north bound lanes closed from Routh Street to McKinney Avenue
  • Maple Avenue – All north bound lanes closed from McKinney Avenue to Randall Street
  • Randall Street – All south bound lanes closed from Maple Avenue to Harry Hines Boulevard
  • Harry Hines Boulevard – All south bound lanes closed from Randall Street to the Pike Park entrance

In the afternoon, a smaller event called March for Life will begin at the Guadalupe Cathedral and cross over St. Paul Street before ending in a parking lot at Griffin and Wood streets. The following streets will be intermittently closed from 1-3 pm:

  • Flora Street – All north bound lanes closed from North Pearl Street to Crocket Street
  • Crocket Street – All south bound lanes closed from Flora Street to Ross Avenue
  • Ross Avenue – All south bound lanes closed from Crocket Street to North St. Paul Street
  • North Saint Paul Street – All south bound lanes closed from Ross Avenue to Wood Street
  • Wood Street – All east bound lanes closed from North St. Paul Street to South Griffin Street

Parking meters will be restricted from 10 am to 3 pm on Wood Street from South Griffin Street to South Saint Paul Street.