Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Transportation

Tampa announces street closing schedule for Gasparilla

TAMPA — The Gasparilla parade, a Tampa Bay Lightning game and ongoing road construction will conspire to make traffic much worse than usual Saturday in downtown and South Tampa.

Drivers and pedestrians were being advised by city officials to allow extra travel time and travel through the area with caution.

The Gasparilla Parade of Pirates is scheduled from 2 p.m. to roughly 5:30 p.m., starting on Bayshore Boulevard before crossing into downtown along Ashley Drive.

Just as the parade is winding down, officials expect fans to arrive between 5 and 7 p.m. at the Tampa Bay Times Forum for a hockey game.

And because of Interstate 275 road work, the I-275 southbound on-ramp at Tampa Street will be closed from 3 to 9 p.m.

The following schedule, issued by the city of Tampa, lays out road closings for Gasparilla:

Beginning 10 p.m. Friday:

• Bayshore Blvd. from Gandy Blvd. to Platt St/Channelside Dr.

• Bay to Bay from Bayshore Blvd. to Ysabella St.

• Davis Island Bridge off ramp onto northbound Bayshore Blvd.

At 3 a.m. Saturday:

• Bayshore Blvd. from Brorein St. to Platt St.

• Platt St/Channelside Dr. from Plant Ave. to Franklin St.

At 5:30 a.m. Saturday:

• Lee Roy Selmon Expressway eastbound Willow Ave. off ramp (Exit 4)

• Willow Ave. from Swann Ave. to Platt Ave. (southbound lanes closed only; Willow Ave will be one-way northbound)

At 7 a.m. Saturday:

• Ashley Dr. from Brorein St. to Jackson St.

• Brorein St. from Jefferson Ave. to Parker St.

• Franklin St. from Channelside Dr. to Harbour Island Bridge

• Old Water St. from Florida Ave. to Franklin St.

• Washington St. from Ashley Dr. to Tampa St.

• Whiting St. from Ashley Dr. to Tampa St.

At 9 a.m. Saturday:

• Kennedy from Hyde Park Ave to Ashley Dr. (eastbound)

• Ashley Dr. from Tampa St split to Jackson St.

• Jackson St. from Ashley Dr. to Tampa St.

• Kennedy Blvd. from Florida Ave. to Plant Ave. (westbound)

• Madison St. from Ashley Dr. to Tampa St.

• Madison St. from Florida Ave. to Tampa St. (westbound)

• Twiggs St. from Ashley Dr. to Tampa St.

• Twiggs St. from Florida Ave. to Tampa St. (westbound)

• Zack St. from Ashley Dr. to Tampa St.

• Zack St. from Florida Ave. to Tampa St. (westbound)

• Polk St. from Ashley Dr. to Tampa St.

• Polk St. from Florida Ave. to Tampa St. (westbound)

• Tyler St. from Florida Ave. to Tampa St. (westbound)

• Whiting St. from Florida Ave. to Franklin St. (westbound)

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