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Gasparilla Distance Classic this weekend: expect detours

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Drivers in South Tampa and downtown can expect plenty of detours this weekend, as they navigate around the Gasparilla Distance Classic.

The 15k and 5k races will be held Saturday, February 23. The 15k race begins at 6:45 a.m., followed by the 5k run at 9 a.m. The Kellogg's 5k Stroller Roll begins at 10 a.m.

On Sunday, February 24, runners will participate in the Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon and 8K run. The half-marathon begins at 6 a.m., and the 8K run begins at 9 a.m.

All of the events will cause Bayshore Blvd, some streets in Downtown Tampa, and main roads within Davis Islands to close. Most of the roadways will begin to close Saturday and Sunday at 3am.

Typically with large races, authorities practice "rolling" closures and openings, based on how quickly or slowly the race is going. Generally you should see roads begin to re-open around 12pm to 2pm on each day, and nighttime traffic should not be affected.

Dale Mabry Highway, MacDill Avenue and Kennedy Boulevard are alternate routes to use if you need to travel near the area.

Here is a detailed list of closure times, provided by the Tampa Police Department.

Saturday, Feb. 23

0300:

Closure of Bayshore: Brorein to Swann for the purpose of setting up the Bayshore finish line

0300: Downtown Closures:

A. Brorein: Jefferson to Little Bayshore closed

B. Selmon: EB exit ramp to Fla. Ave. (Morgan Ramp remains OPEN)

C. Franklin: Old Waters to Whiting NB closed

D. Franklin: Channelside to Old Waters SB closed

E. Franklin: Whiting to Brorein SB closed

F. Franklin / Channelside: Set SB dual lefts

G. Fla. Ave: Channelside to Brorein closed

H. Morgan: Old Waters to Brorein NB closed

I. Morgan: Brorein north closed to SB

J. Jefferson: North of Brorein closed to SB Selmon ramp

K. Fla. Ave. / Whiting: closed WB

L. Whiting: Ashley to Fla. Ave. set up

0300: Closure of Platt: Hyde Park to Florida Ave

0600: Closure of Bayshore: Swann Ave to Price St.

0640: Start of the 15K Wheelchair Race

0645: Start of the 15K Men and Women Race

0700: Lane Closure on Old Waters from Marriott loading dock east of Morgan St.

1000: We would like a DPW Crew to be stationed at Brorein / Fla. Ave.

1010: Start of the Kellogg's 5K Walk. Last event

1020: Open Morgan from Old Waters to Whiting (ONLY when advised by TPD)

1030: Open Fla. Ave from Channelside to Brorein (ONLY when advised by TPD)

1100: Open Brorein from Jefferson to Brorein Bridge 2 (Brorein / Little Bayshore Closure Remains Closed)(ONLY when advised by TPD)

1100 to Re-opening: Bayshore: Price to Swann

1200: Re-opening: Platt St Bridge: Plant to Franklin St. (ONLY when advised by TPD)

1300: Re-opening: Bayshore: Brorein to Swann (ONLY when advised by TPD)

1400: Removal of Old Waters lane closure (ONLY when advised by TPD)

Sunday, Feb. 24

0300: Closure of Bayshore: Brorein St. Bridge: Little Bayshore to Swann

0300: Closure of Platt St from Plant St. to Florida Ave.

0400: Downtown Closure:

a. Franklin: Old Waters to Whiting NB closed

b. Franklin: Channelside to Old Waters SB closed

c. Franklin: Whiting to Brorein SB closed

d. Franklin / Channelside: Set SB dual lefts

e. Fla. Ave. / Whiting: closed WB

f. Whiting: Ashley to Fla. Ave. set up

0400: Lane Closure of Old Waters from Marriott Loading dock to east of Morgan St.

0500: Closure of Bayshore: Swann to Gandy

0500: Closure of Davis Island

0600: Start of the Half Marathon begins

0900: Start of the 8K 3

1100 to Re-opening of Bayshore from Gandy to

1200 Swann (ONLY when advised by TPD)

1130: Re-opening of Platt St Bridge from Plant to Franklin St. (ONLY when advised by TPD)

1130: Re-Opening of Franklin St from Old Waters

To Whiting (ONLY when advised by TPD)

1200: Re-opening of Bayshore from Brorein to

Swann (ONLY when advised by TPD)

1400: Removal of Old Water lane closure (ONLY when advised by TPD)

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