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Gasparilla Distance Classic to cause traffic headaches due to street closures in downtown Tampa

Posted: 12:40 PM, Feb 22, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-22 22:55:21Z
Microsoft Word - Traffic Advisory - 2019 PGDC
Microsoft Word - Traffic Advisory - 2019 PGDC

TAMPA, Fla. — The Gasparilla Distance Classic will cause some traffic headaches throughout downtown Tampa this weekend.

There are a number of road closures starting on Saturday morning, but city officials also expect heavy traffic.

The road races will be Saturday, Feb. 23 and Sunday, Feb. 24.

  • Friday, Feb. 22 the Health and Fitness Expo begins at 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 23 the expo begins at 6 a.m. with races to start at 6:40 a.m. Road closures will end around 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 24 the races will begin at 5:55 a.m. and road closures are expected to end at 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, February 23 3:00 a.m.

  • Bayshore Blvd. from Brorein St. to Platt St.
  • Selmon Expressway eastbound exit ramp to Florida Ave.
  • Franklin St. from Old Water St. to Whiting St.
  • Florida Ave. from Channelside Dr. to Whiting St.
  • Whiting St. from Florida Ave. to Tampa St. westbound
  • Morgan St. from Old Water St. to Brorein St. northbound
  • Morgan St. from Bell St. to Old Water St. southbound
  • Platt St. / Channelside Dr. from Parker St. to Nebraska Ave.

Saturday, February 23 at 5:30 a.m.

  • Tampa St. from Whiting St. to Brorein St.

Saturday, February 23 at 6:00 a.m.

  • Bayshore Blvd. from Platt St. to Gandy Blvd.
  • Gandy Blvd. from Zion St. to Bayshore Blvd.

Sunday, February 24 at 3:00 a.m.

  • Bayshore Blvd. from Brorein St. to Swann Ave.
  • Platt St. from Plant Ave to Florida Ave

Sunday, February 24 at 4:00 a.m.

  • Franklin St. from Whiting St. to Brorein St southbound
  • Franklin St. from Channelside Dr. to Old Water St.
  • Whiting St. from Florida Ave. to Tampa St. westbound

Sunday, February 24 at 5:00 a.m.

  • Bayshore Blvd. from Swann Ave. to Gandy Blvd.

Sunday, February 24 at 6:00 a.m.

  • West Davis Islands Blvd. to East Davis Islands Blvd.
  • Arbor Pl. from Davis Blvd. to Columbia Dr.
  • Columbia Dr. from Arbor Pl. to Barbados Ave.
  • Barbados Ave. from Columbia Dr. to Channel Dr.
  • Channel Dr. from Barbados Ave. to S Davis Blvd.
  • S Davis Blvd. to W Davis Blvd.

The following City of Tampa parking garages will be open Saturday, February 23 at 5:00 a.m.:
Fort Brooke Garage, 107 N Franklin St.
TCC Garage, 333 S Franklin St.
South Regional Garage, 301 Channelside Dr.
Whiting St. Garage, 400 E Whiting St.

The following City of Tampa parking garages will be open Sunday, February 24 at 4:30 a.m.:
Fort Brooke Garage, 107 N Franklin St.
TCC Garage, 333 S Franklin St.
South Regional Garage, 301 Channelside Dr.