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2014 ANN ARBOR MARATHON STREET BY STREET CLOSURE TIMES AND ANALYSIS
ANALYSIS: Because the marathon is 2 loops this year runners will be on Geddes longer than in the past. Because both races start at 7:30am this year instead of 6:30am for the marathon and 7:30 for the half last year, Geddes won’t have runners until around 7:45am an hour later than last year. The last runner on the first loop will be off of Geddes around 8:20am. The first runner on the second loop will be back around 9:05am. So there will be about 45 minutes with no runners in the area.
The first two years we have used all of Geddes. This year our plan is to cone the middle of Geddes and only run in the northern/westbound lane. So eastbound Geddes will be open all morning all the way to Huron Parkway. This means that those who live on the south side of Geddes will be able to leave and return to their homes all morning. Clearly those impacted the most by the race are those living on the north side of Geddes. What keeping eastbound Geddes open all morning does is mean whenever there is a gap in the runners these residents will be able to get out, and as noted from about 8:20am to 9:05am there will be no runners. When you get to 16 miles in a marathon there will be very frequent gaps for cars to get out. To the extent there is a “bubble” of runners on the second loop it will be about 40 minutes from about 9:55 to 10:35. But, even in the “Bubble” there will likely be gaps—a resident will just have to wait a little longer. So with the coning plan there will only be two time periods when those living north of Geddes will have significant limitations in getting out—7:45 to 8:30 and 9:55 to 10:35.
ANALYSIS: This area is very similar to Geddes. As last year, we only use the northern/westbound lanes of East Huron River Dr. so eastbound is open all morning. Most of the people who live along E. Huron River Dr. live to the south and they are largely not impacted. Unlike Geddes where there are many residents north of Geddes, there are very few residents north of E. Huron River Dr. so impact is far less. Essentially, the times when there won’t be any runners on E. Huron River Dr., the times when there will be significant limitations getting out for the few residents to the north is the same as Geddes, only about 20 minutes later.
ANALYSIS: We only use the southern/eastbound lane of Fuller Rd. and Fuller Ct. Other than the apartments and houses on Fuller Ct. there are only about 3 houses on Fuller Rd. so impact is minimal. We will do a detailed analysis of the Fuller Ct. area for our flyer we will hand deliver.
ANALYSIS: This stretch is only on the second loop of the marathon and was added to accommodate AATA’s request that we turn on Division on the first loop of the marathon.