Downtown events could cause traffic problems

JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – With several events taking place Saturday night in downtown Jacksonville, including a 5K race, drivers should stay alert for possible detours and traffic delays.

The Jumbo Shrimp jump starts at night with a game against the Charlotte Knights at 6:35 p.m. at 121 Financial Park. The Shrimp will take to the field as Jax Red Caps to celebrate Negro League Night.

Next door at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, the Sharks will face the Carolina Cobras at 7 p.m. for Military Night.

In the heart of the city center, the runners will take part in the Vestcor Bridge Runway, an annual charity 5K that kicks off at 7 p.m. on Water Street near the Prime Osborn Convention Center. The course will loop runners from Adams Streets to Forsyth Streets before sending them over the Main Street Bridge and then back over the Acosta Bridge to the finish line on Water Street.

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The charity run supports organizations such as Jacksonville Classical Academy, ExcelinEd, UF Health Jacksonville, Jacksonville University, North Florida School of Special Education and MOSH.

It’s unclear which parts of the streets, if any, will be closed for racing, or for how long, so drivers may want to avoid the downtown racetrack area.

To view the route map, Click here.

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David H. Henry