SAVANNAH, GA (October 26, 2011): Residents and visitors to many areas of Savannah may find themselves challenged to find parking spaces the first weekend in November as Savannah prepares for inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon & Half-Marathon..

The 26.2-mile Marathon and 13.1-mile Half Marathon begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, but Savannah-Chatham Metro Police will have to begin closing parking areas as early as Wednesday morning, Nov. 2, to prepare for it. Race organizers will begin posting signs on restricted areas during the week before the race. and will perform a courtesy notice distribution project the Saturday prior (Oct. 29).

Some 23,000 runners have registered for the first annual event in Savannah, more than enough to overpower some of the streets on the course. And, some side streets have been included in the festivities, complicating the issue even further. To assure the safety of the runners, automobiles parked in those areas after midnight Friday will be towed to various towing companies.

The race begins on Bay Street at Bull heading west and doubles back several times through Downtown, Midtown and Southside before ending at Forsyth Park. The sheer numbers of runners and those accompanying them to the starting area are enough to overwhelm parking in the Downtown area. Adding to the complexity is that some of the city parking garages will be inaccessible. It could be challenging to those who live and work in the area.

Particularly affected will be parking in the areas around Forsyth Park including Park Avenue and Bull, Duffy, Gaston and Drayton streets. Parking will not be allowed on the north side of Park Avenue between Bull and Drayton beginning Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 7 a.m. as organizers prepare for the Finish Line Festival in the park. Both sides of Park Avenue will be closed between Drayton Street and Abercorn from 7 a.m. Friday. Parking on those streets will remain closed until 6 p.m. Saturday.

Parking on the east side of Bull Street between Bay Street and Bay Lane will be closed from 7 a.m. Thursday until 11 a.m. Saturday. The other side will be closed from 8 a.m. Friday until 11 a.m. Saturday.

Automobiles parked on and around the course face towing if they are not removed by midnight Friday. Normal parking will be reinstated on a rolling basis beginning about 10 a.m. but some areas may not be reinstated until as late as 4 p.m.

While “No Parking” signs will be posted along the course, drivers who forget and find their cars moved will need to go to police headquarters on Habersham at Oglethorpe streets to learn where their vehicle has been towed. They can retrieve their vehicles from the towing company. Drivers who have their cars towed will face a $111 towing fee, along with potential storage charges after 72 hours.

A list of restricted parking areas and the times they will be closed is attached, along with a sample of the signs being posted by organizers.

To address parking issues, organizers have arranged for pay shuttle services from and to Tybee Island and Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport as well as a free shuttle for Marathon participants only from Savannah Mall. Additional Southside/Midtown locations may be put in place and information will be released as it is available. Information on race-related parking and shuttles is available at the following website: http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/2011/10/savannah/parking-shuttles-2_20015.

*All No Parking areas effective Saturday, November 5, unless otherwise noted.

STREET CLOSED SIDE OF ROAD FROM TO

No Parking Start

No Parking End

Bay Street Both Sides Randolph Street Jenks Street

12:01 AM

10:00 AM

Bull Street East Side Bay Street Bay Lane

Thurs., 11/3, 7:00 AM

Saturday, 11/5, 11:00 AM

Bull Street Both Sides Bay Street Bay Lane

Friday, 11/4, 8:00 AM

Saturday, 11/5, 11:00 AM

Broughton Street Both Sides MLK Blvd. East Broad Street

12:01 AM

10:00 AM

Broad Street Both Sides E. Bay Street E. Broughton Street

12:01 AM

10:00 AM

E. State Street Both Sides Drayton Street Whitaker Street

12:01 AM

10:00 AM

Jenks Street Both Sides West Bay Street Augusta Street

12:01 AM

10:00 AM

Augusta Avenue Both Sides Jenks Street Lathrop Avenue

12:01 AM

10:00 AM

Lathrop Avenue Both Sides Augusta Avenue Louisville Road

12:01 AM

10:00 AM

Louisville Road Both Sides Lathrop Avenue Telfair Road

12:01 AM

10:00 AM

Telfair Road Both Sides Louisville Road W. Gwinnett Street

12:01 AM

10:00 AM

W. Gwinnett Street Both Sides Telfair Road I-17/May Drive

12:01 AM

11:00 AM

W. Gwinnett Street South Side I-17/May Drive Montgomery Street

12:01 AM

11:00 AM

Montgomery Street Both Sides W. Gwinnett Street W. Charlton Street

12:01 AM

11:00 AM

W. 37th Street East Side 37th Street Connector MLK Blvd.

12:01 AM

10:00 AM

W. Charlton Street Both Sides Montgomery Street Tatnall Street

12:01 AM

11:00 AM

Tatnall Street Both Sides W. Charlton Street W. Liberty Street

12:01 AM

11:00 AM

Liberty Street South Side Tatnall Street Price Street

12:01 AM

11:00 AM

Price Street Both Sides E. Liberty Street E. Henry Street

12:01 AM

12:30 PM

E. Henry Street Both Sides Price Street Atkinson Avenue

12:01 AM

12:30 PM

Atkinson Avenue Both Sides E. Henry Street Kinzie Avenue

12:01 AM

12:30 PM

Pierpont Circle Both Sides E. Henry Street E. Henry Street

12:01 AM

12:30 PM

Skideaway Road Both Sides E. Henry Street Atkinson Avenue

12:01 AM

12:30 PM

31st Street Both Sides Skidaway Road E. Anderson Street

12:01 AM

12:30 PM

Anderson Street Both Sides E. 31st Street Whitaker Street

12:01 AM

3:00 PM

Victory Drive South Side Truman Pkwy Off Ramp Limerick Street

12.01 AM

12:30 PM

Limerick Street Both Sides E. Victory Drive Galway Street

12.01 AM

12:30 PM

Galway Street Both Sides Dixie Avenue Limerick Street

12.01 AM

12:30 PM

Dixie Street Both Sides Galway Street Kerry Street

12.01 AM

12:30 PM

Kerry Street Both Sides Dixie Avenue Bee Road

12.01 AM

12:30 PM

Bee Road South side of Median E. 52nd Street E. Victory Drive

12.01 AM

12:30 PM

Daffin Park Drive Both Sides Bee Road Waring Drive

12.01 AM

12:30 PM

Waring Drive Both Sides Daffin Park Road Washington Ave

12.01 AM

12:30 PM

Washington Avenue Both Sides Waters Avenue Bee Road

12.01 AM

12:30 PM

E. 52nd Street Both Sides Bee Road Skidaway Road

12.01 AM

12:30 PM

Ward Street Whole Road E. 52nd Street La Roche Ave

12.01 AM

12:30 PM

La Roche Avenue Both Sides Ward Street Nottingham Drive

12.01 AM

1:00 PM

Nottingham Drive Both Sides La Roche Avenue Beaumont Drive

12.01 AM

1:00 PM

Beaumont Drive Both Sides Nottingham Drive Howard Foss Drive

12.01 AM

1:00 PM

Howard Foss Drive Both Sides Beaumont Drive Countryside Drive

12.01 AM

2:00 PM

Countryside Drive Both Sides Howard Foss Drive Skidaway Road

12.01 AM

2:00 PM

Skidaway Road Both Sides Countryside Drive Bona Bella Avenue

12.01 AM

2:00 PM

Bona Bella Avenue Both Sides Skidaway Road Morgan Street

12.01 AM

2:00 PM

Morgan Street Both Sides Bona Bella Avenue E. Derenne Avenue

12.01 AM

2:00 PM

Derenne Avenue South Side Morgan Street Truman Pkwy

12.01 AM

2:00 PM

Park Avenue Both Sides Barnard Street Whitaker Street

12.01 AM

4:00 PM

Park Avenue North Side Bull Street Drayton Avenue

Wed., 11/2 7:00 AM

Saturday, 11/5, 4:00 PM

Park Avenue Both Sides Drayton Street Abercorn Street

Friday, 11/4, 7:00 AM

Saturday, 11/5, 6:00 PM

Bull Street East Side Henry Street Park Avenue

12:01 AM

6:00 PM

Duffy Street Both Sides Abercorn Street Whitaker Street

12:01 AM

4:00 PM

Gaston Street Both Sides Drayton Street Whitaker Street

12:01 AM

4:00 PM

Drayton Street Both Sides Anderson Taylor Street

12:01 AM

4:00 PM

No Parking list subject to change

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