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FILE - Motorists on Third Street crawl towards Howard Street, which is closed between Third and Fourth for construction of the Dreamforce conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, Calif. on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. 

FILE – Motorists on Third Street crawl towards Howard Street, which is closed between Third and Fourth for construction of the Dreamforce conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, Calif. on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. 

Paul Chinn / The Chronicle 2018

After moving online for two years, Dreamforce kicks off Tuesday in downtown San Francisco, welcoming more than 30,000 out-of-towners to the city. For hotels and restaurants, Salesforce’s annual conference will bring a much-needed boost in business, but for locals themselves it can mean congestion in the downtown corridor.

The closure of Howard Street between Third and Fourth streets right in front of Moscone Center, the main conference site, is expected to cause “significant traffic congestion,” from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Sunday, Sept. 25, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency said. Traffic can get so extreme during the conference that Caltrans is warning drivers on electronic message signs along freeways entering the city. 

For anyone going downtown, the best way to avoid traffic is to ride your bike, or take public transit. There are no impacts to Muni during the conference. 

If you must drive downtown and don’t want to get caught in a traffic tangle, avoid “streets immediately east of Third Street and on Fourth Street between Market and Howard streets during mornings and afternoons,” the agency said.  

But if you can’t skirt the Moscone area, be prepared for detours. Those driving on Howard Street, which is one way, will be re-routed to Second Street and Harrison Street, or to New Montgomery Street to Hawthorne Street and then either Folsom or Harrison streets, the agency said. 

For those who want to take a taxi or hail an Uber or Lyft to the Moscone area, temporary pick-up and drop-off sites will be available on the eastside of Third Street between Howard and Minna streets for northbound travel, and on the southside of Howard Street between Fourth and Fifth streets for westbound.

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