Motorists are asked to use extra caution when travelling in and around Charlottetown this weekend.
The 16th annual Prince Edward Island Marathon Weekend takes place Friday, Oct. 18 to Sunday, Oct. 20.
Drivers are asked to plan ahead as there will be traffic delays along race routes.
The marathon brings more than 2,500 participants, as well as spectators and families, to P.E.I. from all over the globe for the running/walking events.
Runners in the full marathon begin near the Brackley entrance of the P.E.I. National Park, entering the city via the Confederation Trail at Brackley Point Road.
They turn onto Sherwood Road, then to Malpeque Road and onto University Avenue continuing on Great George Street to the finish line, between Kent and Grafton streets.
The half marathon, 10-kilometre run, wheelchair and children categories take place mainly in city limits, starting on Grafton Street at Queen Street and travelling through the Brighton and Belvedere Avenue areas.
Anyone looking to access the Charlottetown Airport from Malpeque Road are encouraged to use John Yeo Drive/MacAleer Drive or the Arterial Highway as a detour route instead of the Sherwood Road during the road closures in this area.
The following will be closed to motorists on Sunday, Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. until approximately 3 p.m. or the event conclusion:
Sherwood Road, between Brackley Point Road and Route 2/Malpeque Road;
University Avenue, between Kirkwood Drive and Grafton Street.
The following will be closed on Sunday, Oct. 20 from midnight until 3 p.m. or the event conclusion to accommodate the finish area and ensure the safety of all participants:
Grafton Street from Church Street to Queen Street;
Great George Street from Euston Street to Grafton Street.
Additional Closures/Impacted Streets
Euston Street (eastbound), between Terry Fox Drive to University Avenue/ Great George Street will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Traffic will be delayed in the following areas as there is a heavy number of participants expected:
Malpeque Road/University Avenue at the following intersections - Perimeter Highway, Belvedere Avenue and Allen Street/Kirkwood Drive.
Access will be limited on to University Avenue south of Kirkwood Drive/Allen Street between 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
From midnight until approximately 3 p.m. or the event conclusion on Sunday, Oct. 20, there will be no parking in the finish area on the following:
Great George Street from Fitzroy Street to Grafton Street;
Grafton Street from Great George Street to Queen Street.
Vehicles left within the finish line area will be towed to accommodate setup beginning at 1 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20.
Spectators are encouraged to come to the finish line on the corner of Great George Street and Grafton Street to cheer on all participants from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.