Springfield motorists advised of delays during half marathon

SPRINGFIELD - Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon officials say Springfield motorists could face temporary traffic delays due to runners being on roads during the April 4 event.

Officials say that approximately 2,000 people will be on Springfield roads while participating in the half marathon, which is a 13.1 mile route.  The route will take runners through downtown Springfield, past Lincoln sites, and through the Lincoln Park and Washington neighborhoods.

Motorists who wish to avoid the intersections where runners will be crossing are advised to use the following roads outside of the course:

·    Traveling north-south on the west side, Chatham Road/Bruns Lane and roads to the west
·    Traveling east-west on the north side, Sangamon Avenue (access Sangamon from the west via Veteran's and Browning) and roads to the north
·    Traveling north-south on the east side, 9th Street and roads to the east
·    Traveling east-west on the south side, South Grand Avenue east of MacArthur, and roads to the south
     The intersections that are expected to experience the longest delays include the following:
·    Madison and Jefferson at both Lincoln and 5th Street
·    Lawrence, Monroe and Washington at Lincoln
·    Walnut and MacArthur near Washington Park
·    North Grand at both Rutledge and 3rd Street

Officials also say that several downtown streets will be closed starting at 6:00 a.m., including 5th at Jefferson, 6th Street from Cook Street north to Madison Street, Washington at 4th, and Capitol from Eighth Street to Second Street.  Those roads should be reopened at approximately 11:00 a.m.

If you would like to view an interactive map of the half marathon's route, visit http://www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=538358.

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