City of Detroit announces Phase 3 of road closures in advance of the 2024 NFL Draft

  • Third phase of road closures to begin Monday, April 15 at 12 a.m. to accommodate build out for the NFL Draft Experience presented by Rocket Mortgage at Hart Plaza
  • Know before you go – latest updates will be posted to


The City of Detroit announces the next phase of road closures in advance of this year’s NFL Draft will begin Monday, April 15. This phase will have the biggest impact so far on people driving around the city, as it includes the closure of both Eastbound and Westbound Jefferson Avenue in front of Hart Plaza, to accommodate the build out of the NFL Draft Experience presented by Rocket Mortgage, a free fan festival taking place during all three days of the Draft.

Phase three closures will begin Monday, April 15 at 12 a.m. and last until Monday, May 6 at 5 a.m.:

  • SB M-10 exit to Jefferson Avenue downtown will be closed - Exits 1A (W. Jefferson) & 1B (Larned) will remain open at this time
  • Westbound Jefferson Avenue from Beaubien Street to Washington Blvd.
  • Eastbound Jefferson Avenue from Washington Blvd to Randolph
  • Bates Street from Jefferson Avenue to Atwater Street
  • Atwater Street from Civic Center Drive to Bates Street
  • Southbound Brush Street between Larned Street and Jefferson Avenue
  • All Tunnel traffic must use I-375 during the M-10/Jefferson Avenue closures
    • Windsor-bound traffic should use Jefferson to Randolph to access the Tunnel
NFL Draft road closings map


Public Street Closures for NFL Draft

Phase two closures began Monday, April 8 and will last until May 5:

  • Northbound Woodward Avenue from East Congress Street to State Street
  • One lane of Southbound Woodward Avenue on the West side of Campus Martius
  • Eastbound Cadillac Square from Woodward Avenue to Randolph Street
  • Westbound Cadillac Square from Randolph Street to Bates Street
  • Bates Street from Cadillac Square to East Congress Street

Phase one closures began Friday, March 29 and will last until May 7:

  • Randolph Street between Gratiot Avenue and Fort Street
  • Monroe Street between North Woodward Avenue and Randolph Street
  • Farmer Street between Randolph and Bates (Garage access only)
  • Bates Street (no through traffic)

Important parking information

Access to the Ford Underground Garage will remain open through Tuesday, April 23.

Wherever there are road closures, there are also parking restrictions to ensure adequate space for our first responders getting to and around any police or medical emergencies. Detroit’s Municipal Parking Department and Department of Public Works encourage motorists to pay close attention to any and all parking restriction signs along our city streets. Please note, the Park Detroit app only notes which zone you are in, and therefore may still appear to allow you to park in any given location, despite the restrictions in place. Cars improperly parked will be towed at the owners’ expense.

NFL Draft excitement builds

The NFL Draft Experience invites Detroit residents and visitors to participate in immersive exhibits and sponsor activations; take photos with the Vince Lombardi Trophy; enjoy the youth-focused Play 60 Zone; shop exclusive merchandise at NFL Shop; and score autographs from current NFL players and Legends at the Autograph Stage.

In addition to the ongoing construction of the NFL Draft Theater, visitors can see other signs of the excitement building downtown, including NFL team banners on downtown light poles and electrical transformer boxes painted with the jerseys of Detroit sports legends from each of its professional sports teams.

All road closure updates will be posted on the  NFL One  and Fans are encouraged to register on the NFL One Pass app in advance to attend the NFL Draft, which is a free event.

The city also provided transportation updates to assist fans traveling downtown for the Draft, including vehicle parking information and details on alternate transportation options such as Detroit People Mover, QLINE, DDOT, RTA, SMART, Uber or Lyft, and other modes of fan transportation.