Parking restrictions in effect week before marathon

(Source: SCMPD)
(Source: SCMPD)

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Spectators and marathon participants are urged to plan ahead as parking is going to be difficult in downtown Savannah on race day for the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon.

The 26.2-mile marathon and 13.1-mile half marathon begin at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 5.

There will be shuttle services from Tybee Island and Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. There's also a shuttle just for marathon participants that runs to and from the Savannah Mall.

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police will be closing parking areas on Nov. 2. Race organizers will be posting signs on restricted areas where no parking will be allowed during the week before the event. They'll also be distributing notices about parking changes on Oct. 29.

Some side streets downtown are included in the festivities, and cars parked in those areas will be towed after midnight Friday.

The race starts on Bay Street at Bull. Many downtown parking garages won't be accessible. Areas where parking will be difficult include: Forsyth Park including Park Avenue and Bull, Duffy, Gaston and Drayton streets, according to SCMPD.

Parking will not be allowed on the north side of Park Avenue between Bull and Drayton beginning at 7 a.m. Nov. 2.

Both sides of Park Avenue will be closed between Drayton Street and Abercorn from 7 a.m. Friday. Parking on those streets will remain closed until 6 p.m. Saturday.

Parking on the east side of Bull Street between Bay Street and Bay Lane will be closed from 7 a.m. Thursday until 11 a.m. Saturday.

The west side Bull Street between Bay Street and Bay Lane will be closed from 8 a.m. Friday until 11 a.m. Saturday.

Vehicles parked on and around the course could be towed if they are not removed by midnight Friday. Parking will resume on a rolling basis beginning about 10 a.m. but some areas may not be reinstated until as late as 4 p.m.

Those who get their vehicles towed will need to go to police headquarters on Habersham at Oglethorpe streets to find out where their vehicle has been towed, which costs $111 plus storage charges after 72 hours. They can retrieve their vehicles from the towing company.

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