Although the 2011 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is still nearly a week away, starting this weekend police are closing some downtown roads to accommodate the crews setting up the race, which runs from March 25-27. Other roads will have limited access.
First Avenue S from Beach Drive to Bayshore will be closed. Second Avenue S, from First to Second streets, will have limited access.
Beach Drive from Central Avenue to First Avenue S and First Avenue S from First Street to Beach Drive will be closed.
First Street from First Avenue S to Sixth Avenue S will be closed. There will be limited access southbound on First Street from Central Avenue to First Avenue.
There will be limited access on First Street from Fifth Avenue S to Eighth Avenue S and Sixth Avenue S from Second Street to First Street.
Bayshore Drive SE from First Avenue S to Fifth Avenue S will continue to be closed to through traffic through April 8, as well as Albert Whitted Park, which will remain off-limits to pedestrians and bicycle traffic.
In addition, today only the Saturday Morning Market will relocate from its home at Al Lang Stadium to Central Avenue between First and Third streets. As a result, that stretch of Central will be closed from 5:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to accommodate the market. Market hours will remain the same, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The market will not be held March 26, but vendors will return to the Al Lang Stadium parking lot April 2. For information on the market and scheduled performers, visit www.saturdaymorningmarket.com.