KELOWNA - Get ready for the traffic nightmare that is the Okanagan Marathon.
The 2013 edition of the event goes Sunday from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and promises traffic chaos. Not only will there be complete and partial road closures, transit schedules will be disrupted.
But take heart. Everything you need to know about how to drive around Kelowna on Sunday is here courtesy of the City of Kelowna.
Take a deep breath and have a look.
North End (North of Highway 97) is closed to traffic, except local traffic allowed. Closures are in effect from 6:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
• City Park parking lot is closed from Oct. 8 to Oct. 16 to accommodate extensive set-up for marathon events
• Abbott Street from Leon Avenue to Bernard Avenue, local traffic allowed from 9 a.m.
• Lawrence Avenue from Abbott Street and Water Avenue, local traffic allowed from 9 a.m.
• Bernard Avenue from Abbott Street to Mill Street, local traffic allowed from 9 a.m.
• Mill Street from Bernard Avenue to Water Street – closed to all vehicle traffic, including local – road to open at 1 p.m.
• Water Street from Mill Street/Queensway Avenue to Cawston Avenue, local traffic allowed
• Cawston Avenue from Water Street to Ellis Street, local traffic allowed from 9 a.m.
• Ellis Street from Cawston Avenue to Broadway Avenue - open to north and southbound traffic; no parking on Ellis Street from Cawston Avenue to Recreation Avenue
• Recreation Avenue from Ellis Street to Richter Street
• Weddel Place from Richter Street to Gordon Drive
• Richter Street remains open to vehicle traffic, expect delays
• Gordon Drive north of Clement Avenue
• Trench Place, Ethel Street, Bay Avenue and Jones Street, roads open at 12 p.m.
• Manhattan Drive and Guy Street - open to local traffic only in a clockwise pattern; enter and exit at Bay Avenue, roads open at 12:30 p.m.
South End (South of Highway 97) closed to traffic; however, local traffic allowed. Closures are in effect from 7:45 until 2 p.m. unless noted.
Drivers looking to access the south end of the city (south of Barrera Road/Casorso Road) are encouraged to use Gordon Drive to avoid road closures and delays. Pandosy Street will remain open; however, expect delays as runners cross at West Avenue and Swordy Road.
• No access to Abbott Street from Highway 97. Vehicles traffic should turn right at Pandosy Street.
• Abbott Street from Highway 97 to Gyro Beach – closed to southbound traffic only, northbound local traffic allowed.
• Swordy Road from Lakeshore Road to Casorso Road – expect delays as participants cross Lakshore Road at Swordy Road; local traffic only
• Casorso Road from Swordy Road to KLO Road – no northbound traffic; southbound traffic allowed, expect delays
• KLO Road from Casorso Road to Gordon Drive
- one eastbound lane closure, no impact on westbound traffic
- participants will be crossing KLO Road at Campus Road East, expect delays (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
• Raymer Avenue from Gordon Drive to Pandosy Street – closed to eastbound traffic only
• Richter Street at Raymer Avenue – participants will be crossing; expect delays
• Tutt Street from Raymer Avenue to West Avenue – local traffic only
• West Avenue from Tutt Street to Abbott Street – expect delays as participants cross Pandosy Street at West Avenue
Motorists are to observe all traffic controls advising of the road closures and watch for participants along the route.
Transit customers can expect delays for all routes serving Queensway Exchange and the Okanagan College area as well as minor routing detours on routes # 2 Northend (no service on Water Street from Doyle to Ellis). Bus stops this roadway segments will be closed for the duration of the event; 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.