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Road closures, detours set for half marathon

Staff report

Hundreds of runners are expected in Murray on Saturday for the Murray Half Marathon, and several road closures and detours will be in effect during the race.

The race will begin at 7 a.m., and roads will reopen along the route as the last runners pass. All roads are expected to be open by 10:45 a.m. 

Intermittent traffic will be allowed on most streets as runners pass, and officials will direct or reroute traffic on every intersection on the course. Law enforcement will be on hand to ensure the safety of runners while allowing as much traffic through as possible.

Poplar Street from 10th to 8th streets, along with 8th Street from Poplar to Main streets, will be closed for the duration of the race.

From 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., drivers headed to the downtown courthouse square are advised to access it from 4th and Maple streets or 5th and Main streets. Main Street from 4th to 10th streets will be closed from about 6:50 a.m. to 8 a.m.

The intersection of 10th and Chestnut streets will be open, but officials will regulate traffic as runners pass. Arcadia Drive and the entrance to Murray-Calloway County Park will be closed from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Northbound traffic on U.S. Highway 641 will be restricted to one lane from Arcadia Drive to the intersection of Utterback Road. Drivers headed to shopping centers on the east side of the highway are advised to enter using the stoplights at State Route 121 or in front of Roy Stewart Stadium.

Runners will cross the intersection of U.S. Route 641 and Poor Farm Road, so drivers will be directed to two alternate routes to get into Murray during peak times during the race.

Bailey Road will be restricted to northbound traffic from State Route 121 to Poor Farm Road.

Information on the race can be found online at http://murrayhalfmarathon.org or by calling 270-762-1908, 270-762-1800 or 270-227-0253.

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