On Saturday the Fitgers 5K race gets underway about 9 am. While the race only takes up an hour or so to complete, traffic has to be diverted for the area. Duluth Police are asking for motorists to obey the detours, and do not park in the marked off areas.

According to a Press Release by the Duluth Police, Here is the way Traffic will be diverted.

South Lake Avenue Viaduct

The up bound lanes on the East side of South Lake Avenue Viaduct over I-35 will be closed to traffic and used for runners. The down bound lanes on the West side of the South Lake Avenue Viaduct will be coned for 2-way vehicle traffic. The two freeway ramps on the East side of the Viaduct (North bound I-35 On-Ramp and south bound I-35 Off-Ramp onto Lake Avenue) will both be closed during the race. The two freeway ramps on the West side of the Viaduct (The North bound I-35 Off-Ramp onto Lake Avenue and the South bound I-35 Entrance Ramp) will remain open.

 

Railroad Street Railroad Streetwill be barricaded and signed closed at Garfield Avenue, however, vehicles MAY ENTER onto Railroad street at Garfield to access local businesses, but will not be allowed further west than 8th Avenue West, which is the turnaround point of the race.

Ramp Exit to Railroad Street

The exit ramp onto Railroad Street from North bound I-35 will be closed.

DECC Parking Lot

The ONLY access to the DECC from 8:30a.m. until around 10:00 a.m. will be down 5th Avenue West to Harbor Drive to the DECC East Lot Gate (near the William Irvin Tour Boat.). At around 10:00 a.m., Railroad Street and the DECC North Gate will re-open to traffic. The DECC will not be accessible via Lake Avenue until about 10 a.m.

Canal Park and Park Point

Motorists drivng to Canal Park or Park Point must use the South Lake Avenue Viaduct. Canal Park Drive from Railroad Street to Morse Street will be closed briefly during the event.

Canal Park Hotels

Hotels lots on Canal Park Drive will be closed down briefly until the start of the race has completed (from about 8:45 - 9:30 a.m.). After all participants have passed through that area of Canal Park Drive, lots will re-open. Motorists wishing to get to the DECC from Canal Park need to use the Lake Avenue Viaduct to Superior Street, then to 5th Avenue West and down to Harbor Drive to the DECC East Lot Gate (near the William Irvin Tour Boat).

Fitger's and Pickwick Parking Lots

The Fitger's Ramp and Pickwick Lot will be closed just before the race, and will open immediately after.

Traffic should return to normal by approximately 10:30 a.m.