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Traffic, parking restrictions going up for Saturday's race

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Runners are picking up their packets at the Health and Fitness Expo. Runners are picking up their packets at the Health and Fitness Expo.
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police have already started closing parking areas downtown in preparation for the third annual Rock 'n' Roll Savannah Marathon and Half Marathon.

At 7 a.m. Saturday, an estimated 18,500 runners will be taking off at the starting line at Bay and Bull streets. The runners will head west and then double back several times through downtown, Midtown and West Savannah before ending at Forsyth Park.

Signs will displayed for restricted parking areas before the race.

Before Saturday's race, runners will be required to pick up their packets at the Health and Fitness Expo. Police are urging those who need to go to their expo, that they should try to get their Friday as early as possible.

Police remind drivers headed to the expo that access to the center is limited to the Talmadge Bridge and the water taxis and very long lines are anticipated, including access to the bridge.

On Saturday, parking will be difficult in areas around Forsyth Park, including Park Avenue and Bull, Duffy, Gaston and Drayton streets.

As of 7 a.m. Wednesday, there is no parking on the north side of Park Avenue between Bull and Drayton as organizers prepare for the end of race festivities, according to police. Both sides of Park Avenue were closed between Drayton Street and Abercorn from midnight Thursday. Parking on those streets will stay closed until 6 p.m. Saturday.

For an hour and a half on Saturday, street construction on East President Street has parts of that street down to one-way headed west. Eastbound traffic will be diverted to Wheaton Street to get to President Street by going left onto East Gwinnett Street and turning north onto Pennsylvania Avenue, according to a SCMPD news release.

Parking on the east side of Bull Street between Bay and Bryan streets will be closed from 8 a.m. Thursday to 11 a.m. Saturday.

Vehicles parked on and around the race course could be towed if they are not removed by the posted times. Affected areas will transition back to normal parking on a rolling basis starting at about 10 a.m., but some areas may not be reinstated until as late as 4 p.m.

Those who get towed will need to go to police headquarters on Habersham at Oglethorpe streets to find out where their vehicle has been towed. Owners will then have to get their vehicles directly from the towing company.  

Get traffic updates about the race on Twitter at @wtoctraffic. Police will post their updates on traffic patterns and more on their Twitter account @scmpd throughout the race.

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