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steelfin
01-28-2009, 08:24 PM
Sorry no football talk here...but this may be useful to anyone coming to Tampa for the big game....

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Transportation Advisory

Super Bowl XLIII - Raymond James Stadium Area, Downtown and Ybor City


Tampa, Fla. (January 27, 2009) There will be street closures around Raymond James Stadium, Downtown Tampa and Ybor City due to Super Bowl XLIII and related events.

January 30, 2009 beginning at 6 p.m. through February 1, 2009 at midnight, the Transportation Division expects increased traffic in Downtown Tampa and Ybor City for the following roads: Dale Mabry Highway, Himes Avenue, Hillsborough Avenue, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Columbus Drive, Armenia Avenue, Platt Street/Channelside Drive, Tampa Street Morgan Street, 21st and 22nd Streets, and 7th Avenue. The Tampa Street extension from Brorein Street to Franklin Street may be closed based on traffic flow, if so please use Meridian Avenue to access Harbour Island.

Road closures around Raymond James Stadium include:
January 7, 2009 (already in effect) - Tampa Bay Boulevard between Dale Mabry Highway and Himes Avenue is closed to all traffic and is expected to reopen on February 10, 2009.
February 1, 2009 - Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Dale Mabry Highway North between Columbus Drive and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard will be closed to traffic and is expected to reopen on February 2, 2009 at 4 a.m.
January 31, 2009 - Beginning 10 p.m. Himes Avenue between Columbus Drive and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard will be closed to traffic and is expected to reopen on February 2, 2009 at 6 a.m.

Road closures in Downtown Tampa include:
January 29, 2009 - Beginning at 6 p.m. the northbound lane on Franklin Street will be closed from Harbour Island to Old Water Street (formerly St. Pete Times Forum Drive) and is expected to reopen on February 1, 2009 at 6 p.m.
January 29, 2009 - Beginning at 6 p.m. Old Water Street (formerly St. Pete Times Forum Drive) will be westbound only from Channelside Drive to Florida Avenue and is expected to return to two-way traffic on February 1, 2009 at 6 p.m.
January 30 and January 31, 2009 (two nights) - From 6 p.m. to 12 midnight, Channelside Drive between Meridian Avenue and Cumberland Avenue will be closed.

Road closures in Ybor City include:
January 26, 2009 to January 30, 2009 (already in effect) - From 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day, 8th Avenue will be closed between 15th and 17th Streets.
January 27, 2009 - Beginning 7 p.m. through midnight, Republica De Cuba will be closed between 9th Avenue and Palm Avenue.

If your travel plans take you to Downtown Tampa, the Transportation Division recommends following parking signs and variable message boards that will direct you to available parking spaces in Downtown, Harbour Island and the Channel District. Variable Message Boards throughout downtown will change as parking/traffic conditions change throughout the day. Additional private parking garages will be available on January 30 and January 31, 2009. Consider parking in Ybor City and taking the TECO Line Street Car into downtown as parking venues are expected to be saturated.

For additional information, please contact Public Works Operations Manager Tony Rodriguez at (813) 274-8514 or tony.rodriguez@tampagov.net.