With 175K Expected, Streets to Shut Down for Long Beach Grand Prix

With more than 175,000 attendees slated to hit Long Beach, race and city officials are closing streets from Wednesday to April 14

By Sean Fitz-Gerald
|  Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014  |  Updated 3:57 AM PDT
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Streets and walkways (above) will close for the 40th annual Long Beach Grand Prix, beginning Wednesday.

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With the 40th annual Long Beach Grand Prix tearing around the corner, the city is gearing up for its big race with some major street and walkway closures that will affect residents and visitors throughout the week and into the weekend.

Most of the barricades will start Wednesday and last until April 14 because race officials said they are expecting upward of 175,000 attendees for the week’s festivities.

The three-day event has burgeoned into more than a racing event, as many hotels, restaurants and other local businesses have learned to capitalize on the historic deluge of fans. Race officials have said the event could rake in $30 million to $40 million for Long Beach’s economy.

The race weekend officially kicks off Wednesday with Roar in the Shore, a free event open to the public that will feature a motorcycle stunt show and a racecar showcase. Roar in the Shore will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Belmont Shore, near Second Street (map).

Races begin April 11. Tickets can be purchased at 888-82-SPEED or online.

Below is the list of closures:

Wednesday, 5 a.m., to April 14, 5 p.m.:

  • Seaside Way, from Pine Avenue to eastern end of Seaside Way
  • Linden Avenue, from Ocean Boulevard to Seaside Way
  • Marine Way, from Locust Avenue to Collins Way
  • Atlantic Way, from Ocean Boulevard to Seaside Way
  • Marine Way, from Hart Place to eastern end of Linden Avenue
  • Northbound and southbound, from Shoreline Drive to Marina parking lot
  • Locust Avenue, from Ocean Boulevard to Seaside Way
  • Cedar Avenue at Shoreline Drive
  • Bay Street at Pine Avenue
  • The Paseo at Pine Avenue and Aquarium Way, from Shoreline Drive to Chestnut Avenue

Wednesday, 7 a.m., to April 14, 11:59 p.m.:

  • Bike path from Seaside Way/Chestnut Avenue to area near concession stand behind Villa Riviera

Wednesday, 7 a.m., to April 14, 5 p.m.:

  • Shoreline Drive, westbound from Ocean Boulevard-Alamitos to Third Street on-ramp
  • Chestnut Avenue southbound and northbound, from Seaside Way to Queensway Bridge
  • Aquarium Way, from Shoreline Drive to Chestnut Place
  • Cedar Avenue at Shoreline Drive

Wednesday, 3 p.m., to April 14, 5 p.m.:

  • Shoreline Drive eastbound, from Broadway off-ramp to Ocean Boulevard-Alamitos
  • Golden Shore on-ramp to Shoreline Drive eastbound
  • Shoreline Village Drive, from Marina parking lot to Shoreline Drive

Friday, 6 a.m., to Sunday, 7 p.m. (the following will be closed during the competition, but reopened nightly):

  • Pine Avenue, from Ocean Boulevard to Upper Esplanade
  • Promenade South, from Seaside Way to Shoreline Drive Terminus
  • Walkway off Seaside Way, from Hart Place to east end of Seaside Way

Those with their own vehicles will not be the only ones affected. Long Beach public transportation routes will experience detours, all of which have been posted on LB Transit's site.

Interested attendees can plan trips to the race using the SoCal Metro planner.

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