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Downtown traffic disrupted with Grand Prix preps
Downtown traffic disrupted with Grand Prix preps

Downtown St. Petersburg, FL -- For the next 41 days, downtown St. Petersburg streets will be changed into the course for the seventh annual 2011 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Th event is March 25th-27th. Crews are using 20,000 feet of steel-reinforced concrete barriers and 44,000 feet of chain-link fence to create an 1.8 mile, 14 turn course for the IndyCar race.

From now until the race is completed, only local traffic will be allowed on southbound Bayshore Dr. S.E. at First Ave. S.E. and eastbound Fifth Ave. S./Dali Boulevard at First St. S. Crews will install the track and barrier fencing along Bayshore Dr. S.E. As part of phase two, slated to begin Monday, February 21st, crews will build Pit Lane and spectator seating in Albert Whitted Park.

Early road closures will not affect access for airport or FAA officials, employees of Progress Energy Center for the Arts/Mahaffey Theater or the Dali Museum. Albert Whitted Park will remain closed to all public use, including pedestrian and bicycle traffic, from Thursday, February 10th until Friday, April 8th.  Everyone is advised to obey posted warning signs and refrain from entering closed construction areas.

The final construction phase is slated to begin Thursday, March 3rd, and that's when crews will install the barrier system along First St. S., moving north to Pioneer Park, Bayfront Towers, and the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. Temporary openings will allow for limited traffic flow and scheduled events at Al Lang Stadium, the Progress Energy Center for the Arts/Mahaffey Theater, Dali Museum, and Hilton Hotel guests.

Additional road closures will begin Saturday, March 19th, with any other closures occurring by Wednesday, March 23rd. Streets are expected to reopen to traffic by Tuesday, March 29th.

The Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg kicks off a 17-race IndyCar circuit that takes cars and drivers all over the United States and Canada with stops in Sao Paulo and Japan before winding up the season in October. Pole-sitter Will Power and second-place finisher Justin Wilson will be back in St.
Petersburg next month with their same teams to defend their titles.

 

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