Motorists can expect a number of road closures and heavier-than-normal traffic as thousands of runners and visitors descend on Duluth and the surrounding area for the 45th annual Grandma’s Marathon this weekend.
The most significant delays will likely be related to the ongoing Twin Ports Interchange project, which reduces Interstate-35 into and out of Duluth to just one lane in each direction between Garfield Avenue and 40th Avenue West. Organizers are asking everyone, whether you’re involved with the race or not, to expect and plan for congestion and traffic in that area as the weekend gets closer.
“We encourage anyone traveling to town for our event to do so as early as possible this week,” Race Director Greg Haapala said. “If you can be here Wednesday or Thursday, that’s ideal. We expect the most significant delays to come on Friday afternoon, so if you are on the road at that time please be patient and use caution.”
Road closures will begin the morning on Friday, June 18 and continue until the evening on Saturday, June 19. Motorists are also asked to be aware of the temporary “No Parking” signs on race weekend, especially on the racecourse itself, at the finish line, and in the area around the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC). Violators will be ticketed and towed.
Most roads should reopen to traffic (except for construction areas on Interstate 35, 2nd Street, and 3rd Street, as discussed below) at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 19.
Any questions about road closures and detours during Grandma’s Marathon can be directed to Officer Dave Decker of the Duluth Police Traffic Division at (218) 730-5736 or Minnesota Department of Transportation Public Engagement and Communications Director Pippi Mayfield at (218) 722-2834.