The Melbourne Police Department is advising motorists to anticipate significant traffic delays during the morning hours of Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 5 and 6) as a marathon event is staged by a private organization. Affected roadways include U.S. 1, the Melbourne and Eau Gallie causeways, South Patrick Drive, and numerous residential streets.
The event, called The Melbourne & Beaches Music Marathon, is to host thousands of competitors in five different foot races and a hand-bike race. The flow of traffic is to be maintained during the event, but the progress of many motorists on the affected roadways will be slowed by detours and lane closings. Selection of alternate routes is recommended.
A listing of the streets that are to be affected by the marathon, including residential streets where through traffic will not be allowed, is available online at melbourneflorida.org/news/marathon.htm. The list compiled by the City’s Engineering Department includes downtown Melbourne streets to be closed from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, and streets in both the Melbourne and Eau Gallie areas that are to be closed from 2:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday.
The event sponsor, Smooth Running LLC, is required to notify affected residents and businesses about planned street closings. Information about the marathon event is available at the organizers web site, themelbournemarathon.com/2011/, along with course maps.
On Saturday, event-related activities are to include a 5K race and an 8K race. The morning closings will include one eastbound lane of the Melbourne Causeway and numerous residential streets south of New Haven Avenue and east of Babcock Street. Municipal Lane is closed between U.S. 192 and New Haven Avenue from 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4, to 3 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 7.
On Sunday, the events include a full marathon race and a half-marathon race. Participants are to travel northward on U.S. 1, through a portion of the Eau Gallie area, then across the Eau Gallie Causeway. The participants are to then travel southward on North Riverside Drive to the Melbourne Causeway, then head westward. One eastbound lane of traffic on the Eau Gallie Causeway is to be closed for the marathon and one westbound lane on the Melbourne Causeway is to be closed. Some runners will be traveling the route twice, and some race activities will also close streets in the Eau Gallie and Historic Downtown Melbourne areas.
CONTACT: Mike Moore, Public Information Officer
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