Publix Georgia Marathon will cause road closures and delays

Posted by Dena Mellick March 16, 2016
Publix Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon. Photo from Facebook

Publix Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon. Photo from Facebook

The Publix Georgia Marathon is this Sunday, Mar. 20, and officials are warning it will cause road closures and delays along the route.

Decatur Police Lt. Jennifer Ross said in an email alert, “There will be road closures and delays along the route as it weaves through the city between approximately 7:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. The marathon enters Decatur on West College Avenue at Park Place near the East Lake Marta Station and exits the city in the 1100 block of Clairemont Avenue near the Decatur YMCA. Keep in mind the marathon starts and ends in downtown Atlanta and travels through parts of DeKalb County as well.”


Here is the rest of her notification:

Decatur Road Closures:
West College Avenue from Park Place to East College Avenue and Commerce Drive East Ponce de Leon Avenue from Commerce Drive to Clairemont Avenue Clairemont Avenue from East/West Ponce de Leon Avenue to Commerce Drive

Decatur Lane Closures:
Commerce Drive from East College Avenue to East Ponce de Leon Avenue Clairemont Avenue from Commerce Drive to North Decatur Road

There will be traffic delays around the course throughout the duration of the marathon. The runners have the right-of-way at all times and no traffic will be released if it could impede the runners. Traffic will not be permitted to turn onto roads that are closed and will only be allowed to cross at certain points when doing so will not impede the runners. Traffic will be permitted onto the roads with partial lane closures when doing so will not impede the runners. Please understand that even if you are travelling on a road that is not part of the course but crosses the course or is near the course, you will experience delays. Please check your schedules and the course maps and plan accordingly.

Come Out & Support The Runners

We are roughly the halfway point for the runners and regularly receive feedback about how great it feels to come through Decatur and have so many people cheering. Aside from the fixed cheering stations at West College Avenue & Mead Road, Fellini’s on Commerce Drive and in front of the Old Courthouse on East Ponce de Leon Avenue, it is not uncommon for residents to pop up along the route and cheer. So if you have Sunday morning plans that require driving, plan on heading out earlier or later or plot an alternate route. If you have no plans that require driving, it’s a great day to walk into downtown Decatur for errands, brunch and to cheer!

Mar. 20 is also Palm Sunday, so the marathon could hinder some folks getting to church on time. Here’s the street closures list for the marathon.

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