If you're not going to the Grand Prix and don't want to get caught up in its hoopla, it might be best to avoid downtown St. Pete this weekend. There will be plenty of road closures, detours and traffic pattern changes as construction crews turn downtown streets into the 14-turn, 1.8 mile race course. Here's a guide:
• First Avenue South from Beach Drive to Bayshore; limited access on Second Avenue South from First to Second Street S.
• Beach Drive from Central Avenue to First Avenue S and First Avenue S from First Street to Beach Drive; public access to the Mahaffey and the Dalí will detour to Fourth Avenue S and First Street S.
First Street from First Avenue S to Sixth Avenue S.
• Southbound on First Street from Central Avenue to First Avenue.
• First Street S from Fifth Avenue S (Dali Blvd.) to Eighth Avenue S and Sixth Avenue S from Second Street to First Street.
All downtown roads affected by the Grand Prix are expected to reopen to normal traffic flow by April 15.