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Beat the Traffic: Parking changes for 2011 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

by Katherine Whaley / 11 News

khou.com

Posted on March 8, 2011 at 2:20 PM

HOUSTON -- Getting to the Rodeo can be a wild ride! If you are planning to travel to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo this year, there are some new parking options to enjoy.

This year, how you get to where you park has changed, especially if you use Kirby Drive. "That'll be open full time," Joe Bruce Hancock, General Manager of the Rodeo said.

This year, one northbound lane and two southbound lanes will be open. In the past, Kirby was completely blocked off during performances, from one hour before to one hour after the show. This year at the Rodeo, you'll also find twice as many dynamic message boards as last year. Those flashing electronic signs provide up to date information on parking and traffic.

"There are about sixty of those around the area, and those are real time information sources," Hancock said. That realtime source is also telling drivers about a change to the old Astroworld lot. "Last year they loaded the lot from the 610 Feeder road, which really created congestion on the Kirby-610 entrance into our venue," Hancock explained.

This year, you must access the lot from W. Bellfort and exit the lot onto the 610 feeder. Rodeo-goer Marsha Smith says she relies on the Rodeo website to help her get around. She drove into Houston from Louisiana just to enjoy all of the Rodeo action.

"I actually get online and research the rodeo website, and kind of plan out things, where you want to park, where you can park," she said. "You have to really be aware and focus on driving and no distractions because it can be crazy." Remember, to avoid getting caught in the Rodeo stampede, you'll want to beat the traffic by being informed!

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