Already-busy downtown San Francisco will see another type of congestion today as Howard Street is shut down in preparation for the Oracle OpenWorld convention.
More than 40,000 people are expected to attend the annual event at Moscone Center, and an overflow will close Howard Street from 8 tonight through 8 p.m. Sept. 26. During the closure, there will be no automobile traffic between Second and Third streets.
Although the event, put on by Redwood City-based Oracle Corp., starts with registration Saturday and runs through Sept. 25, the rest of the time the closure is for setup and cleanup.
Significant traffic congestion is expected daily around Howard Street, according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, so it’s advising drivers to eschew automobiles in favor of public transportation next week.
If motorists have no option but to drive, the transit agency has set up detour routes to circumvent the convention. For westbound drivers on Howard Street, the detour will direct traffic south on Second Street to Harrison Street.
For drivers traveling southbound onto Howard Street from New Montgomery Street, the detour will direct motorists to either Folsom or Harrison streets.
The only Muni line affected by the street closure will be the 76-Marin Headlands, which only runs Sundays. The line will skip over a few stops near Howard Street.
Along with the convention, large crowds are expected around downtown for the Giants’ final homestand of the season, which starts Tuesday at AT&T Park.
How to get around
Oracle OpenWorld will close Howard Street in downtown San Francisco from today through Sept. 26.
Primary detour routes
Westbound on Howard Street: Detour will direct traffic south on Second Street to Harrison Street.
Southbound on Montgomery Street: Detour will direct southbound traffic from New Montgomery Street, westbound on Howard Stret and south on Hawthorne Street to either Harrison or Folsom streets.
Muni lines affected
The 76-Marin Headlands, which only runs Sundays, will skip a few stops near Howard Street.