Street Restrictions Outlined For Manchester Road Race – Patch

Street Restrictions Outlined For Manchester Road Race – Patch

MANCHESTER, CT — Traffic associated with the Manchester Road Race could be back to its pre-pandemic levels, event officials are hinting.
So far, with about a week to go, 8,803 runners have registered. Thus, the road closures and traffic disruptions in central Manchester usually associated with the race will certainly be in place when the 86th edition of the holiday run is staged on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24).
The race attracts thousands of runners and spectators to downtown Manchester along a 4.748-mile loop course through the town’s central streets that starts and finishes on Main St, in front of St. James Church. The race begins at 10 a.m.
Manchester Road Race Committee President Dr. Tris Carta said that race organizers are coordinating with the Manchester Police Department and the Connecticut State Police to plan for the street closures and traffic disruptions.
“As always, concern for public safety is our foremost objective,” he said.
In preparation for the race, the Manchester Police Department announced that there will be no parking allowed on East Center Street from Lenox Street to Center Street during the overnight period from Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 12:01 a.m. through 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. No parking will be allowed on Main Street from Center Street to Hartford Road during the same period.
If necessary, vehicles will be towed police said.
The Downtown area of Main Street will be closed to traffic between Bissell and Maple streets at 5 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning to allow construction crews to erect fencing and ropes along the road. Main Street closures will be extended from East Center Street to Charter Oak Street starting at 5:30 a.m.
All local roads intersecting the race course route will be closed at 9 a.m. Vehicular traffic will not be permitted to enter or leave the interior of the race course during the event, police said.
A map of the MRR course, and the interior streets that will be affected by the closures, can be viewed on the Race Info & Rules section at
Exit ramps from I-384 that abut the road race course will be closed from 8:45 to 11:30 a.m. on race day. The ramps include: Westbound Exit 3 (Charter Oak Street); Westbound Exit 4 (Highland Street); Eastbound Exit 3 (Main Street); and Eastbound Exit 4 (Wyllys Street).
Normal traffic should resume at approximately 11:30 a.m., police said.
“We want everyone, especially those residents who live on streets located within the interior of the road race course, to be aware of the road closures so they can make their holiday plans,” Carta said. “If you need to travel during the race, please be sure to leave before the roads close at 9:00 a.m.”
Carta said the committee is again offering free shuttle bus service to and from the event. The buses will run from the Manchester Community College parking lot to Main Street before the race and return to MCC after the event concludes. More information about the shuttle bus service, including a schedule of operation, can be obtained on the Shuttle, Parking and Rest Rooms” section at

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