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Watch Out, Long Beach, Traffic Expected During Sunday's Marathon

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Photo by Ned Raggett via Flickr


Photo by Ned Raggett via Flickr
Some 23,000 runners, walkers and cyclists will be hitting 26-miles of Long Beach streets this Sunday morning during the the city's 25th annual marathon. About 35,000 people are also expected to join and cheer on race participants. That means if you live or will be in the area, especially between 5 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Long Beach metro area, take heed of closures and traffic.

According to officials, these are what to watch out for:

The Shoreline Drive exit off the 710 Freeway will be closed, and the Broadway exit will, as a result, be severely congested. The Rainbow Harbor/Shoreline Drive area will be closed to vehicle traffic until at least 10 a.m. when Shoreline Village West will be opened. During the event, only one eastbound lane of Ocean Blvd. will be open from 1st Street to Bayshore.

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Although some delays may be encountered, vehicle traffic can cross the Marathon circuit at intervals during the event at Pacific Coast Highway/Clark and at 7th Street/Park near Wilson High School. All other streets used by the course will be closed starting at 5 a.m. and reopened gradually during the day.

The Rainbow Harbor/Shoreline Drive area will be closed to vehicle traffic until at least 10 a.m. when Shoreline Village West will be opened. During the event, only one eastbound lane of Ocean Blvd. will be open from 1st Street to Bayshore.

The race Start Line is located on Shoreline Drive between Linden and Pine Avenues. Maps for the event can be found here.