Streets will be closed to vehicular traffic throughout the city between 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. today to accommodate the culminating event of the Runner’s World Half Marathon & Festival.
The half-marathon – which will start at 8:30 a.m. at the southern end of the Minsi Trail Bridge – will take runners through the South Side, through the Central Historic District, up into West Bethlehem and up into the Northeast section of the city before turning south.
Motorists need to be aware that streets across the city – including the Philip J. Fahy Bridge – will be affected during much of the morning. Bethlehem Police will be along the route to help direct runners and motorists.
Main Street in the historic downtown, which will be closed in the morning for the race, will also remain closed to vehicular traffic after the race ends and well into the afternoon to accommodate Doggie Day – the Mutt Strut Halloween Parade.
A map of the half-marathon route is included in a PDF attached to this story. Spectators are encouraged to line the route and cheer runners on.
Some of the affected streets in South Bethlehem include sections of Daly Avenue, Third Street, First Street, Webster Street, Packer Avenue, Brodhead Avenue, Fourth Street, S. New Street, Columbia Street, Polk Street, Second Street, Founders Way and Daly Avenue.
Church Street, Main Street, Mauch Chunk Road, Schoenersville Road, Illick’s Mill Road, Moreland Avenue, W. Langhorne Avenue, Center Street, Dewberry Avenue, Colverleaf Street, Washington Avenue, Market Street, Maple Street and Wall Street will be affected on the North Side.