Gasparilla races to cause brief traffic snags

Posted at 5:17 AM, Feb 19, 2016

You may not be running in this year's Gasparilla Distance Classic, but you'll want to make sure you know about the routes just in case you have to drive in the area.

Basically, the various races over the weekend of Feb. 19 run along Bayshore Boulevard and the nearby area. Here are the maps for each race, followed by the specific times for the rolling road closures and parking information.




Saturday, Feb. 20

3 a.m.

  • Little Bayshore Blvd.
  • 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.

6 a.m.

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

Sunday, February 21

3 a.m.

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

4 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

5 a.m.

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

6 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 garages open 5 a.m. on Feb. 20, then 4:30 a.m. on Feb. 21. Each has a $10 fee for each vehicle:

  • Fort Brooke Garage, 107 N Franklin St.
  • TCC Garage, 333 S. Franklin St.
  • South Regional Garage, 301 Channelside Dr.
  • Whiting Street Garage, 400 E Whiting St. (Saturday only)