INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - More than 30 miles of city streets will be blocked off for several hours because of the Monumental Marathon Saturday.
Expect closures starting around Washington Street, heading north all the way up to Broad Ripple. And with all those closures comes a lot of stress for drivers and businesses.
People walking along Mass Avenue said trying to park on an average day feels like a hassle. So it’s no surprise some will spend Saturday at home as about 14,000 runners hit the streets for the marathon.
“You will not see me in downtown tomorrow,” said Tammie Colbett, Indianapolis.
And she's not alone. Workers at Full Circle, a salon on Mass Avenue, said their busiest day of the week is Saturday. But that won’t be the case tomorrow. Workers felt shutting their doors is easier than trying to stay open, a lesson they learned the hard way last year.
"Our guests weren't able to get here or if they were able to make it, they weren't able to park to get to their appointment,” said receptionist Marita Tolson. “And we were running like two to two and a half hours behind schedule for every appointment.”
So before runners fill Indy streets, marathon executive director Blake Boldon has a warning.
“If you're trying to come downtown to any part of the central part of central Indianapolis, you might run into trouble,” he said.
Some roads will be closing as early as 6 a.m. Most of them, like Meridian St. and New York St., will shut down at 8 a.m.
“If you're coming downtown, enter and access from the south. Because south of Washington Street won't be affected after 9 a.m.,” said Boldon. “What we really ask is that motorists respect the folks that are at the crossing guards and know that they're there to protect the runners and the motor vehicle drivers.”
If you live north of downtown, Boldon suggest drivers take I-65 to I-70 to get to the south side. You can also take Keystone Ave to I-70 to do the same.
All marathon routes should be open by about 2:30 p.m.
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