ST. PETERSBURG — Construction in preparation for the 11th annual Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg begins Monday.
Motorists and pedestrians may expect race-related street closures and detours from Albert Whitted Airport to north of Pioneer Park until around April 10.
Affected areas will include the stretch of Bayshore Drive to First Street South and Albert Whitted Park. Beach Drive and Central Avenue will remain open during construction and throughout race weekend.
Albert Whitted Park will remain closed to motorized and foot traffic until mid-April. Race officials and St. Petersburg Police urge people to be aware of posted signs warning against entering closed construction sites.
During the first phases of track construction, The Mahaffey Theater, Dali Museum, Al Lang Stadium and Albert Whitted Airport will remain open and accessible to patrons and employees.
Beginning Monday, March 23, parking lots at the Mahaffey Theater and Dali will close, tentatively reopening on April 2. Dali Museum parking will relocate to the Dolphin lot from March 23 to 25 and March 30 to April 1 with complimentary shuttle transportation.
The race kicks off the 15-race IndyCar Series, and the event is expected to draw 100,000 spectators from around the world.