As you know with this weekend's races there will be a lot of closures, in order to prepare the Duluth Police Department has issued a statement with some of the traffic snafus.

On Friday at 6 pm the William A Irvin 5 k takes place. It will be on Harbor Drive directly behind the DECC and will close to traffic at 5:00 p.m. At 5:30 p.m., parts of Railroad Street will close to traffic for the duration of the race. Police say traffic will be restored by 7:30 p.m.

Here's a breakdown from the Duluth Police Press statement. This starts with Friday traffic.

At 5:30 p.m., traffic delays will occur for approximately one hour as portions of Railroad Street close from Lake Ave. to Pier B Resort.  Southbound traffic on 5th Avenue West will be able to access the DECC parking lot via Railroad St. throughout the race.  Harbor Drive behind the DECC will also be closed to traffic.

The Great Lakes Aquarium parking lot will not be accessible from 5:45 p.m. until approximately 7:15 p.m. Access to the DECC during the race will be through the North Gate (on Railroad Street) or the East Gate (on Harbor Dr), from Lake Avenue or 5th Avenue West.  Outbound traffic from the DECC will only be offered at the West Gate (5th Ave W) from 5:00-7:30 p.m.

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On Saturday The Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon starts with the DUO Division at 5:45 am, and the 31st Annual Regular Half Marathon at 6 am. Grandma's Marathon Wheelchair & amp: Duo Division begins at 7:40 am and the Marathon Regular starts at 7:45 am.

The biggest thing is to look for No Parking signs alerting the public to where they can and can't park, with some of them having instructions and times.

This part of the release is quite lengthy, but details what is open or closed and when.

  • Scenic Highway 61, between McQuade Road and Ryan Road, will close to traffic at 3:45 a.m.
  • The remainder of Scenic Highway 61, along Lake Superior from Duluth to Two Harbors, will close to traffic at 4:15 a.m.
  • Motorists should slow down and be alert to special signing and lane closures on the Highway 61 Expressway just south of Two Harbors, starting at 4:15 a.m. Lakewood, Homestead, Ryan, and
  • McQuade Roads will close from the Highway 61 Expressway to Scenic Highway 61 at 4:15 a.m.
  • Harbor Drive, from the DECC East Gate to the Aquarium, will be restricted to buses only at 4:30 a.m.  Harbor Drive will close to all traffic at 5:30 a.m.

Most avenues leading to London Road will close at 4:30 a.m.
Starting at 5:30 a.m., the following roads will close to traffic and will remain closed until the end of the Marathon:

  • All of London Road,
  • Superior Street from 12th Avenue East to 3rd Avenue East,
  • Michigan Street from 4th Avenue East to 5th Avenue West,
  • Commerce Street/Railroad Street, Lake Place Drive, and Canal Park Drive
  • The southbound lanes of I-35 from 21st and 26th Avenue East will close at 4:30 a.m.
    The northbound lanes of I-35 will close at 5:30 a.m. from Mesaba Avenue to 26th Avenue East.  A detour will guide vehicles to 2nd Street to continue east.
    Northbound traffic on I-35 will be diverted up Mesaba Avenue to 2nd Street at 5:30 a.m.
  • Westbound traffic on 1st Street will not be able to access Mesaba Avenue and will instead be diverted to Superior Street and I-35 at 6th Avenue West at 5:30 a.m.
    Interstate 35 and most other roadways closed for the Marathon will reopen by approximately 3:30 p.m. on  Saturday afternoon.


  • The only access for motorists wanting to reach Park Point or the Canal Park area during the Marathon on Saturday will be on Lake Avenue from Superior Street.  There will be no vehicle access to Park Point or Canal Park from 5th Avenue West.


  • Motorists wanting to reach the DECC or Bayfront area during the Marathon on Saturday must use either 5th Avenue West or Garfield Avenue to Railroad Street.  There will be no vehicle access to the DECC from Lake Avenue


  • All of London Road will close to traffic from 5:30 a.m. until approximately 3:00 p.m.  Local residents and spectators along London Road can use Superior Street and Jefferson Street to access the avenues above London Road for parking during the Marathon.  Spectators are encouraged to continue using the sides of London Road for watching the race.


  • The Depot, the Duluth Downtown Library, and Gateway Towers will be accessible from Superior Street to 6th Avenue West during the Marathon.


  • EASTBOUND LOCAL STREETS AND NORTHBOUND I-35 DETOUR- Traffic will use 2nd Street from Mesaba Ave. to 3rd Avenue East, then proceed up 3rd Avenue East to 4th Street, then travel East on 4th Street to 10th Ave East, down 10th Avenue East to 2nd Street, then use 2nd Street to 21st Avenue East, down 21st Avenue Ave East to Superior Street, and continue east on Superior Street.
  • WESTBOUND LOCAL STREETS AND SOUTHBOUND I-35 DETOUR - Traffic will use Superior Street from the Highway 61 Expressway to 21st Avenue East, proceed north on 21st Avenue East, then continue west on 3rd Street to Mesaba Avenue.


  • Parking is not allowed on any part of the racecourse.  Please observe the posted "No Parking" signs.  Violators will be ticketed and towed.


  • Motorists wanting to park near Canal Park are encouraged to use parking lots at the following locations: Bayfront Park, the DECC, the Great Lakes Aquarium, or downtown parking lots close to Lake Avenue.
  • Motorists wanting to reach the DECC or Bayfront area during the Marathon on Saturday must use either 5th Avenue West or Garfield Ave. to Railroad Street from 5:30 a.m. until the end of the Marathon.  There will be no vehicle access to the DECC from Lake Avenue.


  • On-street and ramp parking will be available along Superior Street from 6th Avenue East to Lake Avenue and along 1st Street.
  • Michigan Street, from 4th Avenue East to 5th Avenue West, will close to traffic during the Marathon.  No on-street parking will be allowed on Michigan Street.
  • Motorists who park in Michigan Street parking ramps prior to the road closure will not be able to exit the ramp until the Marathon ends Saturday afternoon.
  • Opportunities to view runners downtown will exist on the avenues above Michigan Street, Lake Place Park, Lake Avenue, and west of Lake Avenue on Michigan Street.


  • Eastbound Routes 6 and 7 “From Downtown” will take Superior Street to 3rd Avenue East, to 4th Street, to 10th Avenue East, to 2nd Street, to 14th Avenue East, to Superior Street, to 20th Avenue East, to 1st Street, to 21st Avenue East, to Superior Street and back to regular routing.
  • Westbound Routes 6 and 7 “To Downtown” will use regular route to 21st Avenue East the take 21st Avenue East to 1st Street, to 20th Avenue East, to Superior Street, to 14th Avenue East, to 3rd Street, to 3rd Avenue East, to Superior Street and back to regular routing.
  • The Duluth Transportation Center (DTC) will be open, but no buses will be serving it during the Marathon. Passengers are directed to board and alight buses along Superior Street during this time.
  • The Port Town Trolley will not provide service until Michigan Street and 5th Avenue West reopen.
  • Jefferson Lines will use the parking lot adjacent to the M&H Gas Station in the 1200 block of West Michigan St. for passenger embarking and disembarking.

Any Questions you can call Officer Dave Decker, Duluth Police Department Traffic Division, 218 730-5736

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