Road Closures for the 2012 Honolulu Marathon

Published: Dec. 8, 2012 at 1:16 PM HST|Updated: Dec. 8, 2012 at 1:27 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Sunday's field for the 40th Honolulu Marathon reached 30,898 entries after three days of late registration at the marathon expo at the Hawaii Convention Center.

Of that total 16,067 are from Japan.

Runners can still register for $280 at the expo from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday.

It will be the biggest Honolulu Marathon field since 1997 and the nation's second largest marathon of 2012 behind the Chicago Marathon.

The run starts at 5 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. you can expect a bunch of road closures.

Special traffic controls will be in effect in the Downtown, Kakaako, Ala Moana, Waikiki, Diamond Head, Kahala, Aina Haina, Niu Valley, and East Honolulu areas for the 2012 Honolulu Marathon on Sunday, December 9, 2012.

Beginning at 12:30 AM, one or more lanes will be closed and/or coned until the athletes complete each section of the course. Tow-Away Zones are in effect from 1:00 AM until 5:00 PM Sunday.

The route runs along Ala Moana, to Nimitz Highway, right onto Nuuanu Avenue, right onto King Street, right onto Kapiolani Boulevard, right onto Piikoi Street, left onto Ala Moana Boulevard, right onto Kalakaua Avenue, left onto Monsarrat Avenue, right onto Paki Avenue, left onto Diamond Head Road, right onto 18th Avenue, right onto Kilauea Avenue, right onto Waialae Avenue, to the H-1 Freeway (eastbound), to Kalanianaole Highway (all lanes makai/ocean side), left onto Hawaii Kai Drive, right onto Keahole Street, right turn back to Kalanianaole Highway (westbound), left onto Kealaolu Avenue, right onto Kahala Avenue, to Diamond Head Road, left onto Kalakaua Avenue to the Finish Line at Kapiolani Park.

The Following Throughways will be Closed or Restricted on Sunday, December 9, 2012.
Expect Delays - Please Plan Ahead!

Ala Moana Boulevard from Atkinson Drive to Ward Avenue will be detoured from 12:30 AM to 4:30 AM. In preparation for the 5:00 AM Marathon Start, roadways in Ala Moana & Downtown Honolulu are closed beginning at approximately 4:30 AM. Ala Moana & Nimitz Highway to Smith Street, King Street from Smith Street to Kapiolani Boulevard, Kapiolani Boulevard from King Street to Piikoi Street and Piikoi Street are progressively opened as the last participant clears those particular sections of roadway. Some residents of Downtown & Ala Moana will not be able to leave this area until the major roadways are reopened at approximately 6:30 to 7:00 AM.

H-1 Freeway in both directions from the Waialae Avenue off-ramp/22nd Avenue to Ainakoa Avenue. H-1 traffic will be detoured from 3:30 AM until 2:00 PM.

Kalakaua Avenue will be detoured left onto Paoakalani Avenue from 8:30 AM.

Kalakaua Avenue mauka side (i.e., towards the mountains) between Monsarrat Avenue and Poni Moi Road from 4:30 AM until the Marathon is over. The makai lanes will be contra-flowed for two-way traffic at about 9:00 AM. Limited to resident traffic only; patrons of the Outrigger Canoe Club and Elks Club must enter via Kapahulu Avenue.

Kapahulu Avenue makai bound will be closed at Kuhio Avenue at 1:30 AM. Local traffic will be allowed after 9 AM.

Monsarrat Avenue from Kalakaua Avenue to Paki Avenue from 4:30 AM until event over (Limited to tour buses). No Parking - Tow-Away Zone, both sides of Monsarrat Avenue from Kalakaua to Paki Avenue.

Paki Avenue from Monsarrat Avenue to Kalakaua Avenue from 4:30 AM for the duration of the Marathon. Local Traffic Only - access to Diamond Head Tennis Courts from 9:00 AM.

Diamond Head Road, Kahala and Kealaolu Avenues will be controlled by police when the volume of runners would interfere with the safe movement of vehicles and runners. "Local Traffic Only," "Race in Progress," and "Proceed When Directed" signs will be posted.

18th Avenue from Diamond Head Road to Kilauea Avenue until runners clear the area. Traffic will be detoured at Diamond Head Road and Makapuu Avenue. Local Traffic Only access to Diamond Head Crater only will be restricted to Civil Defense, FAA, and National Guard personnel only.

Kilauea Avenue from 18th Avenue to Waialae Avenue, all eastbound lanes will be closed at 4:00 AM until runners clear the area. Westbound lanes will be contra-flowed to permit two-way traffic. Expect a slow down! Vehicular traffic exiting the lower Kahala area must cross Kilauea Avenue at Hunakai Street. Expect delays until 11:00 AM.

Kalanianaole Highway from Ainakoa Street to Hawaii Kai Drive makai side (i.e., toward the ocean) will have restricted access from 2:30 AM. The mauka side of the highway will be contra-flowed for two-way traffic. West bound Kalanianaole Highway traffic will be detoured onto Ainakoa Street to Malia Street to Kilauea Avenue. Local traffic should expect delays.

Hawaii Kai Drive makai lanes from Kalanianaole Highway to Keahole Street from about 2:30 AM until the area is clear. The mauka side lanes will be contra-flowed for two-way traffic. Expect slow downs!

Kalanianaole Highway will be closed to through traffic from Hawaii Kai Drive to Keahole Street from about 3:30 AM until the area is clear. Traffic will be detoured onto Hawaii Kai Drive via Kawaihae to Lunalilo Home Road. Maunalua Bay boat ramp traffic must enter from the Koko Head end.

Keahole Street makai bound lanes from about 2:30 AM until the area is clear. Traffic will be contra-flowed in the mauka bound lanes for two-way flow. Entrance and exit from the Hawaii Kai Shopping Center, COSTCO, etc. will be permitted. Expect slow downs!

Kealaolu Avenue from Waialae Avenue to Kahala Avenue from about 5:30 AM until the area is clear. Local Traffic may be permitted - only by direction of officers - at Aukai Avenue. Entry and exit by Aukai only - ALL OTHER roadways will be closed and vehicular traffic will be turned around.

Kahala Towers, Kahala Hotel and Resort, and Waialae Country Club traffic will be permitted via Aukai Avenue and Pueo Street when safe to do so.

Some bus routes will be canceled and/or detoured. Bus riders may call TheBUS at 848-5555 or visit the Oahu Transit Services website for details.

For Marathon related traffic information:
Race Week Only: Wednesday, December 5, thru Saturday, December 8, email or call the Honolulu Marathon Office at 792-6630, from 9 AM to 5 PM only.

FOR RACE DAY TRAFFIC-ONLY QUESTIONS: Call 792-6630, which will be manned by the Honolulu Police Department.


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