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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A KXAN viewer sent in a picture showing a sign for permitted parking clipped over a handicap-accessible parking sign near the convention center in downtown Austin.
The viewer said he struggled to find parking, and ultimately found a spot six blocks away, while “walking for [him] is quite difficult.”
KXAN reached out to the City about the signage.
The Austin Transportation Department (ATD) said during special events, such as SXSW, the City has to remove some on-street parking spots to accommodate temporary road closures and vehicles that need to load and unload for the event.
ATD added: “When possible, the City prioritizes closing blocks without any Americans with Disability Act (ADA)-accessible parking. However, occasionally the City does have to temporarily remove ADA-accessible on-street spots to allow event operations to continue safely.”
Regarding the area the viewer wrote in about, ATD said Parking Services staff “evaluated the conditions and re-opened the ADA-accessible space.”
You can view street closures and parking availability on this map on the city’s website.