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The Portland Marathon will affect Inner Southeast Portland as it never has before, on October 6

DAVID F. ASHTON - If previous foot and bicycle races in Inner Southeast have caused you trouble getting from one place to another, wait till you see the Portland Marathon go through here Sunday, October 6! You might just want to find an out-of-the-way parking space somewhere, and stay close to home from Saturday afternoon through early Sunday afternoon - perhaps venturing out to cheer the marathoners on as they run by. It might be best if you don't plan to go far on Sunday, October 6!

The Portland Marathon foot race takes place on that morning all over the city, and since the participants will be entering Inner Southeast over the Sellwood Bridge, and then will proceed by various routes through Sellwood, Eastmoreland, Westmoreland, and Brooklyn – anybody in Inner Southeast trying to get anywhere that morning may have challenges until it's over.

Here are some key street closures and restrictions involved:

? It is recommended that Reed residents do not attempt to use S.E. 28th Avenue to travel anywhere south of Steele St from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the day of the race. If it is absolutely necessary to enter Eastmoreland from Reed via 28th Avenue, traffic control personnel will be present to assist vehicles to do so, but there will be significant delays.

? In Eastmoreland, it will NOT be possible to continue down S.E. 28th Avenue to cross over 99E on Bybee Blvd. Cesar Chavez Blvd should be used as an alternative for any travel south of S.E. Steele Street.

? S.E. Woodstock Boulevard between 34th Avenue and S.E. 28th Avenue will be entirely CLOSED from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

? It will not be possible to drive east/west across S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland or at S.E. Holgate Boulevard. All vehicles will be turned away one block prior to reaching Milwaukie Avenue. However, Powell Boulevard will remain open and unimpacted throughout the entire event, and should be used as an alternative route for westbound travel. It should be reachable for westbound travel across the Ross Island Bridge via S.E. 17th northbound from Westmoreland and from Brooklyn.

? S.E. McLoughlin Boulevard (Highway 99E) will be accessible via 17th Avenue, and there will be no impacts to McLoughlin itself.

? Westbound travel across the Sellwood Bridge will NOT be possible between 7:00 and 10:45 a.m. October 6.

In addition, parking will be a problem – starting the day before! Parking will be prohibited on the race route from 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 5th, to 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 6th. The affected No-Parking streets in Inner Southeast include:

? S.E. 7th Avenue between Tacoma Street and Sellwood Boulevard

? S.E. Sellwood Boulevard between 7th Avenue and 13th Avenue

? S.E. 13th Avenue between Sellwood Boulevard and Bybee Boulevard

? S.E. Bybee Boulevard between 13th Avenue and 19th Avenue, as well as anywhere east of 22nd Avenue

? S.E. 19th Avenue between Bybee Boulevard and Nehalem Street

? S.E. Spokane Street between 19th Avenue and 21st Avenue

? S.E. 21st Avenue between Nehalem Street and Lambert Street

? S.E. Lambert Street between 21st Avenue and 22nd Avenue

? S.E. 22nd Avenue between Lambert Street and Reedway Street

? S.E. Reedway Street between 22nd Avenue and Milwaukie Avenue

? S.E. Milwaukie Avenue between Reedway Street and Franklin Street in Brooklyn

The race route map, and full details about neighborhood impacts, can be found online – www.portlandmarathon.com/courses


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