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Broadway, Hildebrand to shut down this weekend

Fiesta events will draw crowds during construction

Broadway and Hildebrand will be closed the entire weekend beginning Friday night for construction crews to finish work on a new drainage system.

Broadway and Hildebrand will be closed the entire weekend beginning Friday night for construction crews to finish work on a new drainage system.

Business owners like John Lindskog are not looking forward to the shutdown. Lindskog, said the last time the city did that, business dropped 25 percent, because it was difficult for customers to get to his burger joint, Cheesy Jane's.

"It's almost like the maze in a cornfield. You have to make a right turn here and a left turn here, but the city has done a really good job with the arrows and signage that they have ... and all the officers explaining where to go and where to turn," said Lindskog.

This weekend's closure will start at 9 p.m. Friday and last till 5 a.m. Monday. Crews are working 24 hours a day to install box culverts for the storm drainage system across the intersection.

But that's not the only intersection closure motorists have to worry about.

A portion of Broadway between Burr and Groveland will also be closed, as will a long section from Grayson Street south, which will be closed Friday and Saturday for parades.

One of the few happy about the closures is Amanda Cook. She's selling homemade tacos at Broadway and Alamo Street. She said once people park for the parades this weekend, they'll be down there for a while.

"Once you come in, you don't go out, that's it, because you won't find your same parking," said Cook.

Meanwhile, farther down Broadway toward downtown, people are already setting up to watch the Battle of Flowers parade Friday.

People are looking forward to a Fiesta-fun-filled weekend, and business owners on Broadway just can't wait for the construction to end.

"When it's all over, we're going to have much better traffic flow, a lot more lanes on Broadway, which will be a really big improvement," said Lindskog.

Access to all businesses will remain available through local streets while the intersection and roadway are closed. Signs will be placed to direct motorists through the detours.