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VIDEO: How will traffic be affected by the Kalamazoo Marathon?


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Kalamazoo Public Safety has announced road closures and given suggested alternative routes for the time periods that will coincide with the Kalamazoo Marathon on Sunday.

Thousands of runners will pass through the City of Kalamazoo on Sunday as they run the 3rd annual Kalamazoo Marathon.

On top of the thousands of people running in the marathon, thousands more will line the streets along the route to cheer on the runners, representing various charities, churches, groups, and businesses.

If you plan to travel by motor vehicle on Sunday, here’s what you’ll need to know:


The Kalamazoo Mall: 8 a.m. to approximately 9:30 a.m. S Kalamazoo Mall will be closed.

Parkview Hills: 8 a.m. to approximately 10:30 a.m. Parkview Ave & S Drake Rd area will be closed.

Avoid if Possible

Nazareth Campus: Traffic on Gull Rd will be restricted both ways from about 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. due to runners departing and returning from the start/finish located at Nazareth campus.

Downtown Kalamazoo: Long stoppages are to be expected from 8 a.m. until about 9:30 a.m. along Michigan Ave.

Mills Street: The west side of Mills St will be coned off for runners however the northbound side will be open to traffic from 8:00 until about 11:00 a.m.

Kings Highway: The west side of Kings Highway will be coned off for runners however the northbound side will be open to traffic from 8:00 until about 11:00 a.m.

Bronson Hospital Area: One lane of Bronson Blvd near Whites Rd will be closed for runners from about 8 a.m. until about 9:30 a.m. Police will be intermittently passing cars through the one lane road.  

Best Routes

Howard Street: Accessible route to avoid closures.

Inkster Bridge: Runners will travel underneath the Inkster Bridge; motorists can use the bridge to travel into the center of the course

Highways to use: Approach the start/finish line by taking eastbound I-94 to Sprinkle Rd accessing Gull Rd from the north end. For an alternative route to access the west side of the course, take US- 131 to the Stadium Dr exit.

Race director Blaine Lam says there will be delays when it comes to traffic, but there are about 155 police officers out on the course helping guide motorists on race day. Also new this year, there are electronic road signs stationed throughout the city warning drivers of the road conditions. See the above video for more.