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With the first phase of Super Bowl street closures beginning today, city planners said it would be helpful to start thinking of Downtown as two distinct halves.

North of Maryland Street, it’s fine to drive. South of there, be ready to walk.

Because Lucas Oil Stadium and most Super Bowl festivities are in the southern part of Downtown, the bulk of street closures will be there. Maryland, Washington, Market and other east-west streets farther north will stay open through the big game.

“If you drive Downtown, plan ahead and be patient because there is going to be a lot of people out. It could be congested,” said Lori Miser, a Super Bowl Host Committee traffic planner. “But there will be access; it’s not like the area’s in lockdown.”

Today is the first set of four closures. Georgia Street, home of the Super Bowl Village, will be shut to traffic, mostly because large music stages are being built on either side of the three-block-long strip.

Officials also will close Capitol Avenue from South Street to just north of Georgia to allow construction of a zip line. A 95-foot-tall tower will be erected in front of the CSX tracks for the zip line, which will ferry adventurers strapped to a harness 800 feet north on Capitol at high speeds.

Also today, a portion of South Street in front of the stadium, from Capitol to Missouri Street, will be closed. The Indiana Convention Center, just to the north, is putting outdoor tents in the parking lot that likely will spill into the street.

Get the maps and all street closers here courtesy of IndyStar

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