FT. LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – As South Floridian companies compete with one another for the top spot at the Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run in Downtown Ft. Lauderdale Thursday, drivers will compete to beat the traffic.
Although the race is set to start at 6:45 p.m., several road closures have already taken effect and will remain closed until 10 p.m.
Las Olas Boulevard is closed between Andrews Avenue and S.E. 1st Avenue. Starting at 1 p.m. road closures will expand to Las Olas Blvd. from Andrews Ave. to S.E. 2nd Ave. Southeast 1st Ave. will also be closed from S.E. 2nd Street to Las Olas Blvd.
Drivers can expect traffic to increase at 4 p.m. when participants start arriving at the Huizenga Plaza. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. street detours and lane closures along the race route will take effect.
No traffic will be able to move for about 20 minutes during the first half mile of the race route north of the New River. The Ft. Lauderdale Police Department will open the roadways to traffic after the last participant proceeds along the route.
Northbound Andrews Ave south of S.E. 17th St. will be directed to S.W. 4th Ave. or U.S. 1. Traffic north of 17th St. will be sent west to S.W. 4th Ave. at 15th St.
Davie Blvd. will also be closed to traffic between Andrews Ave. and S.E. 3rd Ave.
Alternate routes include sending east traffic south to S.E. 17th St. and directing westbound traffic back toward U.S. 1. Southbound traffic on Andrews Ave. will remain unaffected.
The race will run from 6:45 p.m. thru 8:30 p.m.
Traffic congestion will begin to ease at 9:30 p.m. when the roadways, with the exception of Las Olas, reopen.
East Las Olas Blvd. will reopen to traffic at 11 p.m.
The Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run attracts more than 800 South Florida companies with more than 25,000 runners and walkers. The competition awards men’s, women’s and co-ed teams in 20 different industries. The run is open to all employees of businesses, corporations, government agencies, financial institutions and non-profits.