Motorists warned to watch for racers

Runners, walkers will fill roads around downtown Sunday

By Paul Danzer, Columbian Soccer, hockey and Community Sports Reporter



Several thousand runners and walkers will hit Vancouver roads Sunday morning for the Vancouver USA Marathon. Motorists will face disruptions around downtown from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All freeways and exits will be open. According to event organizers, here are the major roads and intersections that drivers should avoid:

Downtown Vancouver

The races start and finish on Columbia Street between West Sixth and Eighth streets. Also, Eighth Street will be closed from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. between Broadway and Esther Street.

All traffic traveling east on Mill Plain Boulevard will be diverted onto Fourth Plain Boulevard from 7 to 9:30 a.m.

Frenchman’s Bar and Vancouver Lake

Throughout the morning, one-way traffic will be controlled by a pace car and flaggers from Northwest Lower River Road near Vancouver Lake to the entrance of Frenchman’s Bar.

Uptown Vancouver

Main Street will be closed from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. between McLoughlin Boulevard and 25th Street. Access to McLoughlin Boulevard will be limited between Fort Vancouver Way and Franklin Street.

Other intersections

The intersection of East Mill Plain Boulevard and Fort Vancouver Way will be closed from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Westbound travelers on Mill Plain will be diverted north to East Fourth Plain Boulevard. Eastbound traffic on Mill Plain will be directed to the Interstate 5 northbound on-ramp.

The Fort Vancouver roundabout at East Evergreen Boulevard and Fifth Street will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Fred Meyer Grand Central, Columbia House Boulevard and Grand Boulevard will be open, but expect delays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

East Evergreen Boulevard between Southeast Shorewood Drive and East Fifth Street will have one-way traffic controlled by flaggers from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Wintler Park and its access road will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Expect delays, with flaggers directing traffic, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at:

o Southeast Columbia Way and Columbia House Boulevard.

o The Beaches and McMenamins area.

o Southeast Columbia Way at the land bridge entrance.

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