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Red Bull Soapbox to bring plenty of spills and laughter

An update on Midtown street closings in anticipation of Saturday's big event

It’s just four more days until the Red Bull Soapbox Race thunders down 10th Street in front of after a .

Racing action will start at high noon on Saturday, June 9, although the pits open at 10 a.m. For more information, click here or follow them on Twitter.

Teams are in the final stretch of preparation, assembly and testing for their hot rods. Pretty much all of them have an interesting, creative design, though, so to see all of them, go here.

For a peek at what to expect, checkout the highly entertaining accompanying video of the action when the event was first staged here in the summer of 2009.

Please note the street closing plans for this event. Red Bull began setting up the event infrastructure on Monday and street closings are set to begin on Thursday, June 7 at 9:30 a.m.

That’s when the street parking lanes on the east and west sides of Charles Allen Drive will close between 8th and 10th St.

Then on Friday, June 8 beginning at 9:30 a.m., 10th Street will start closing in gradual stages. First, it will shut down between Charles Allen Drive and Myrtle Street after the morning rush hour. The north side lane from Monroe Drive to Charles Allen Drive will close at that time too. 10th Street from Myrtle Street to Monroe Drive will close after evening rush hour at about 7:30 p.m.

These streets will be closed to everyone except residential traffic on June 9:

  • Argonne Avenue between 8th and 10th Street
  • Taft Avenue between 8th and 10th Street
  • Charles Allen Drive between 8th and 10th Street
  • 9th Street between Myrtle Street and Charles Allen Drive

Anyone who cannot access their driveways during this time may park at the teachers' parking lot for Grady High School on 8th Street.

All streets should reopen by Sunday, June 10 at noon, although Red Bull officials have indicated they are targeting a 6 a.m. opening.

Kirsten Dillard June 05, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Does anyone know if we are going to have access to the parking deck? Wanted to check where I could park
Hunt Archbold (Editor) June 05, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Kirsten, you will have access to the parking deck.
Mary Schoerner June 07, 2012 at 03:18 PM
I've been wanting to go the past two years, but was always out of town. So pumped that I'll make it this year.... it is going to be mind blowing!
Tammy June 07, 2012 at 04:42 PM
I don't think they had it last year, did they?
Hunt Archbold (Editor) June 07, 2012 at 05:26 PM
No, Tammy. It was last held here in August, 2009. Clear skies and mid-80s forecast for Saturday should lead to a large turnout.

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