Members of the New Orleans police department will began closing streets on Sunday, February 28, 2010 at approximately 3:00 A.M., for the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Mardi Gras Marathon & ½ Marathon. Approximately 15,000 participants are expected to run the marathon and half marathon. Local participants and spectators are encouraged to carpool and arrive early. Streets will reopen on a rolling basis as soon as the last participant has passed and all course support materials have been removed.
From 3:00 am to 3:00 pm, road closures will be implemented along the race course. The majority of closures and traffic detours will be in effect between 6:00 am and 12:30 pm. The race begins at 7:00 am on Tchoupitoulas at Race Street and ends approximately 3:00 P.M., with the full marathon ending on Le Long Drive and the ½ marathon ending on Roosevelt Mall in City Park.
Residents should anticipate delays due to street closures. New Orleans police encourage all residents and businesses located near the race course to plan ahead and take alternate routes. Once the roads are closed, vehicles will be allowed to cross the marathon course only when conditions permit.
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Mardi Gras Marathon & ½ Marathon will close many streets throughout the city. St. Charles Avenue from Audubon Park to Melpomene, Prytania from Jackson to Jefferson, Magazine Street from Jefferson Avenue to Audubon Park and again from Melpomene to Poydras, all of Decatur and Esplanade will all be temporarily closed during the race.
Some freeway ramps will be closed during race day including the Camp Street down ramp from westbound/lakebound Crescent City Connection from the West Bank/Algiers and the I-10 east exit onto Esplanade.
Residents living in the Garden District, Uptown, French Quarter and Mid-City neighborhoods will be impacted by street closures race morning. Specific closures affecting neighborhoods along the route are as follows:
Garden District: On the marathon course, Twain Avenue will be closed from Jackson through all of Prytania Street. (6:15-9:45 a.m.). We encourage residents of impacted properties to visit the race website – www.competitor.com/community – for detailed access routes.
Uptown: From Jefferson Avenue between Magazine and St. Charles to Magazine and Audubon Park including all Park trails, including Henry Clay, to St. Charles and eastbound towards downtown. St. Charles will be closed on both sides from Audubon Park to Melpomene.
French Quarter: N. Peters and Decatur Streets will be closed from Canal to Esplanade (6:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.). Esplanade will be closed from North Peters to Wisner/City Park.
Mid-City: Carrolton will be closed (6:45 am – 12:00 noon) from Esplanade Avenue to City Park. Other closings include Marconi, Wisner, and Mirabeau Ave. from Wisner to Pauger.
New Orleans Police will close streets during the marathon, however traffic will be allowed to cross closed streets when safe.
New Orleans Regional Transit Authority will be affected and bus/streetcar riders should expect detours and delays on race day, from approximately 3:00 am - 5:00 pm. Service will resume as soon as roads are opened. The St. Charles street cars will not run between Audubon Park and Lee Circle during the race. For additional information before race day, contact New Orleans Regional Transit Authority at 504-248-3900 or visit www.norta.com.
Spectators will line the race course to cheer on runners as they pass through New Orleans neighborhoods. Band stages will be placed approximately every mile on the route. Please visit the race website to find band locations at mardi-gras.competitor.com. For additional information on road closures and other detours, visit www.competitor.com/community.