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Mar 08

One City Marathon Traffic and Weather Concerns

Posted on March 8, 2017 at 8:57 AM by Communications Department

With the 3rd Annual One City Marathon just a few days away, many are expressing concerns about the weather forecast in addition to changes in traffic patterns. Marathon officials are currently monitoring the weather forecast for this coming weekend, but it is still too early to make any calls. Staff will be working with meteorologists, public safety members and city officials to determine the best and safest course of action for this coming weekend. If a decision is made that impacts any of the races, options moving forward will be provided at that time.
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The traffic plans for the marathon has been developed by city engineering and public safety staff, Flat Out Events and several other partners including Spivey Rentals and CNU police. Together they have worked to design a course that protects the runners while minimizing disruption in the activities of residents and businesses.

A key component to the traffic plan is the nearly 150 volunteer traffic wardens positioned at intersections across the city. Most of the traffic wardens will be active duty service members from Joint Base Langley-Eustis. Traffic wardens along with police officers positioned at signalized intersections will make sure safety comes first. Runners will have the right-of-way, but vehicular traffic will be pulsed through at intersections when no participants are in the vicinity. Over 4,000 cones, drums and barricades will also be deployed to help guide traffic flow and create the race course.

Recognizing that the route might inconvenience some residents, motorists are encouraged to visit to view a breakdown of road closures, lane closures and intersection blockages to help plan their travels accordingly. In addition, the website has posted the expected runner timelines through various neighborhoods. Updated information is being provided on message boards, street signs in designated areas and announcements on social media, NNTV and the City’s website, as well as on

If you have any questions about the marathon and related activities or how these events may impact your neighborhood, contact Newport News 311 Contact Center at 933-2311 or The Contact Center will be open from 6 AM to 2 PM to help travelers on race day.