Rules designed to keep downtown noise from upsetting a good night's sleep are the same rules that help create a traffic snarl in your daily commute.
A maze of cones currently dots Guadalupe Street from Martin Luther King Boulevard to Cesar Chavez.
"It's tough. If you don't know it's here, you are in trouble," Allan McMurtry, an Austin driver, said.
McMurtry was one of the thousands of drivers trying to master the maze Tuesday afternoon. Construction crews have been tearing up Guadalupe at Eighth streets all summer, preparing for the new MetroRapid bus service.
That can mean longer commutes and more stressful driving for people who need to travel downtown streets.
In Austin, road crews are allowed to work from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. The city's noise ordinance bans loud work overnight, so the steamrollers and jackhammers are confined to the same hours as the rest of us, including morning and afternoon rush hours.
"Some days are worse than others, but you just have to accept what it is and check out the scenery," said one Austin driver.
The construction's not just an inconvenience for drivers. Norma Anderson relies on the bus to get to work and to go between offices. The temporarily closed bus stops have her walking farther.
"I have to think about where I am going to go and which roads to take," Anderson said.
The snarl will last at least one more month.
Once crews make it all the way down Guadalupe, they'll head back up Lavaca, doing the same thing.
Construction crews can apply for a permit to work overnight, however, it is only allowed if the work cannot be completed during daylight hours.