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Grand Prix construction begins on St. Petersburg streets

Tim Ferguson, left, an employee of Florida International Fencing in Tarpon Springs, installs one of 2,500 concrete barriers Friday along Bay Shore Drive SE in St. Petersburg in preparation for the upcoming Honda Grand Prix, March 22-24. Five miles of barriers will be installed by the company.

SCOTT KEELER | Times

Tim Ferguson, left, an employee of Florida International Fencing in Tarpon Springs, installs one of 2,500 concrete barriers Friday along Bay Shore Drive SE in St. Petersburg in preparation for the upcoming Honda Grand Prix, March 22-24. Five miles of barriers will be installed by the company.

ST. PETERSBURG — Residents, start your engines but then get ready to slow down.

On Friday morning, crews began installing barricades to prepare for the annual Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, which will race through downtown streets March 22 through 24. Motorists should exercise caution when driving through construction zones.

Crews began the 35-day construction process that will see workers put up 20,000 feet of steel-reinforced concrete barriers and 44,000 feet of chain-link fencing along a 1.8-mile track.

IZOD IndyCar Series driver Sebastien Bourdais and race representatives were on hand Friday at Bay Shore Drive and First Avenue SE as the first barricades were installed.

Grand Prix construction begins on St. Petersburg streets 02/15/13 [Last modified: Friday, February 15, 2013 3:49pm]

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