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Traffic advisory issued for Grandma's Marathon weekend, course route

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The Duluth Police Department has issued a traffic advisory for Grandma's Marathon weekend starting Friday evening.

Roads will close in race areas starting at 12 p.m. on Friday afternoon. 

Motorists who violate "No Parking" areas risk having their vehicles ticketed and towed. 

Races begin at the following times:

  • William Irvin 5K - Friday, June 16th at 6 p.m.
  • Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon - Saturday, June 17th at 6:15 a.m.
  • Grandma's Wheelchair Marathon - Saturday, June 17th at 7:40 a.m.
  • Grandma's Marathon - Saturday, June 17th at 7:45 a.m.

On Friday, Canal Park Drive from Railroad Street to Buchanan Street will be closed for Grandma's Marathon finish line set up.

This area will be closed to vehicle traffic until after the Grandma's Marathon Finish on Saturday.

Harbor Drive behind the DECC will be closed to motorists starting at 3 p.m. 

At 5:30 p.m., traffic will be diverted off portions of Railroad Street for the duration of the race.

Traffic delays will happen for about one hour, due to portions of Railroad Street being closed.

Railroad Street will be closed from harbor Drive west to Pier B. 

Southbound traffic on 5th Avenue west will be allowed down to Railroad Street to access the DECC parking lot.

Harbor Drive behind the DECC will also be closed to traffic. 

Access to the Aquarium parking lot will be interrupted between 5:45 p.m. until about 6:30 p.m.

Access to the DECC will be through the North Gate on Railroad Street, from Lake Avenue and from 5th Avenue West.

The only exits will be through the Ramp onto Railroad Street and onto northbound 5th Avenue West. 

Vehicles on Northbound I-35 exiting on the 5th Avenue West off ramp can continue straight to access the DECC Lot, or turn right onto 5th Avenue West to access either the DECC Lot or the Aquarium Lot.

Most traffic is expected to return to normal by 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Scenic Highway 61 will be closed to traffic at 4:15 between Duluth and Two Harbors at 4:15 a.m.

Lakewood, Homestead, Ryan, and McQuade Roads will be closed from the Highway 61 Expressway to Scenic Highway 61 at 4:15 a.m.

The southbound lane of I-35 from 21st and 26th Avenues East will be closed at 4:30 a.m.

Avenues leading down to London Road will be closed at 5 a.m.

The following roads will close and detours will be in effect at 5:45 a.m.

  • London Road will close to traffic
  • Superior Street from 12th Avenue East to 5th Avenue West 
  • Harbor Drive, Commerce Street/Railroad Street, Lake Place Drive and Canal park
  • Northbound traffic on I-35 will be diverted up Mesaba Avenue to 2nd Street at this time
  • Eastbound traffic will use 2nd Street to 21st Avenue east, then South to Superior Street, and continuing East
  • Westbound traffic on Superior Street will turn North onto 21st Avenue East, then continue West on 3rd Street.
  • Traffic on the Northbound lane of I-35 from Mesaba Avenue to 26th Avenue East.  A detour will guide vehicles up to 2nd Street to continue east.

All roads closed for the marathon, including the freeway, will reopen around 2 p.m. on Saturday.


  • No parking is allowed on the race course.
  • Canal Park area parking is encouraged at the Bayfront Park lots or the DECC, which will be accessible from Railroad Street.
  • The Aquarium Lot will be accessible by 5th Avenue West.
  • Railroad Street may be accessed by either 5th Avenue West or Garfield Avenue.

Park Point Traffic:

  • Long delays should be expected Friday evening and on Saturday.
  • On Saturday, motorists will only be able to reach Park Point and the Canal Park area by using 5th Avenue West to Railroad street, or Garfield Avenue to Railroad Street.
  • Drivers are asked to follow directional arrows along the detour route to reach the Park Point and Canal Park areas without crossing the race course.
  • Motorists should slow down and be alert to special signs and lane closures on Highway 61 Expressway  just south of Two Harbors.
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