Marathon Street Closures To Alter Melbourne Traffic
By Space Coast Daily // February 2, 2013
Events Continue Through Sunday Afternoon
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The Melbourne Police Department is advising motorists to anticipate significant traffic delays Sunday as a running competition will be staged by a private organization.
Affected roadways include U.S. Highway 1, the Melbourne and Eau Gallie causeways, South Patrick Drive and numerous other residential streets.
The event, called “‘The Melbourne & Beaches Music Marathon,” is to host thousands of competitors in foot races and a hand-bike race.
Police said the flow of traffic is to be maintained during the events, 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/
The list compiled by the city’s Engineering Department includes downtown Melbourne streets to be closed and Melbourne and Eau Gallie areas that are to be closed from the early morning hours on Sunday to at least 1 p.m. that afternoon.
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 organizer’s web site, themelbournemarathon.com, along with course maps.
Streets also were closed Saturday, as event-related activities included a 5K race and an 8K race. The morning closings included 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 through 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3.
On Sunday, the events include a full marathon race and a half-marathon race.
Closings planned to begin on midnight Saturday will affect U.S. Highway 1, Eau Gallie Boulevard, U.S. Highway 192 and Palmetto Avenue.
Street closings to begin at 2:30 a.m. Sunday will affect many other streets, particularly in the old Eau Gallie area south of Montreal Avenue and the Melbourne downtown area near New Haven Avenue. All of the lane closures on Sunday are to end by 1 p.m.