The JetBlue Long Beach Marathon is just around the corner, and folks in the city should prepare for the peskiest part of race day: road closures.
While most affected streets — which follow the course from downtown Long Beach to Belmont Shore, and up around Cal State Long Beach — will only shut down on the day of the marathon, Sunday, Oct. 13, a couple of them will also close the day before.
Specifically, northbound Shoreline Drive, from Shoreline Village to Ocean Boulevard, will close at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, and the southbound stretch will close at 11:59 p.m. that night.
The following roads will close at 5 a.m. Sunday and will reopen — along with those closing Saturday — on a rolling basis through 2 p.m.:
• Pine Avenue, from Shoreline Drive to Seaside Way;
• Queensway Bridge, from Shoreline Drive to the 710 Freeway;
• Ocean Boulevard, from Livingston Drive to 54th Street;
• Livingston Drive, from Termino Avenue to Broadway;
• Nieto Avenue, from Appian Way to Broadway;
• Appian Way, from Nieto Avenue to Third Street;
• Third Street, from Appian Way to Paoli Way;
• Marine Stadium, from Nieto Avenue to Bayshore Avenue;
• E. Colorado Street, from Orlena Avenue to Appian Way;
• Orlena Avenue, from East Colorado Street to Fourth Street;
• Fourth Street, from Monrovia Avenue to Orlena Avenue;
• Monrovia Avenue, from Sixth Street to Fourth Street;
• Sixth Street, from Park Avenue to Monrovia Avenue;
• Park Avenue, from Anaheim Street to Appian Way;
• Anaheim Street, from Pacific Coast Highway to Park Avenue;
• Clark Avenue, northbound, from Atherton Street to Anaheim Street;
• Atherton Street, westbound, from Clark Avenue to Bellflower Boulevard;
• Palo Verde Avenue, southbound, from Atherton Street to Anaheim Street;
• Atherton Street, from Bellflower Boulevard to Palo Verde Avenue; and
• Ocean Boulevard, from Livingston Drive to Alamitos Avenue.
Belmont Shore residents will have free overnight parking available in the beach parking lots along Ocean Boulevard. Folks can enter near the Belmont Pool, off Granada Avenue, the evening of Oct. 12, and can exit the next day at Granada Avenue — with a police escort across the course.
Access to and from the Belmont Shore, Peninsula and Naples areas
To exit the Belmont Shore and Naples areas, residents can take Second Street east to the Pacific Coast Highway. The freeway can be accessed using Second Street to Studebaker Road.
Peninsula residents can leave by heading west on Ocean Boulevard to 54th Street. Turn right on Bayshore Avenue, then turn right to Second Street and proceed to Studebaker Road.
To enter the Belmont Shore, Peninsula and Naples areas from the 605 Freeway, take the Seventh Street exit to Studebaker Road. Turn left on Studebaker Road, to Second Street. From Los Angeles, folks can take 405 Freeway south and exit Studebaker Road. Turn Right on Studebaker Road to Second Street. From Orange County, residents can take the 405 Freeway north, exit Seventh Street, proceed to Studebaker Road and head on to Second Street.
Access to and from Ocean Boulevard, between Alamitos and Termino avenues
To exit the area, take Ocean Boulevard east — where one lane will be open for vehicular traffic — to Granada Avenue. There will be a police officer at this location to direct you left on Granada Avenue. Take Granada to Second Street, head east and proceed to Pacific Coast Highway. Motorists can access the freeway by taking Second Street to Studebaker Road.
To access the area, officials recommend taking the 710 Freeway and exiting at Anaheim Street or Broadway, and then using surface streets to get as close to the desired location as possible.
Access to and from Belmont Heights, Bluff Park, Bluff Heights and Alamitos Beach
To leave the shore-front neighborhoods via the 405 Freeway, officials advise folks to take Cherry Avenue, Redondo Avenue, Ximeno Avenue and Lakewood Boulevard. To leave the area via the 710 Freeway, motorists are advised to take Broadway and Anaheim Street.
To enter the area, use the 405 Freeway and exit Lakewood Boulevard. From there, use surface streets to return to the area. The Traffic Circle will be open, but access on PCH will be closed at Clark Avenue. Folks can also use the 710 Freeway and exit at Broadway or Anaheim Street and proceed to the desired location.
Access to and from Park Estates and Los Altos
To exit the area, residents can take Bellflower Boulevard to Seventh Street. Los Altos residents can take Bellflower Boulevard, Palo Verde Avenue or Studebaker Road to the 405 Freeway. The same freeway access can be used to return to the area.
Access to and from Atherton, between Clark Avenue and Bellflower Boulevard
The eastbound lane of Atherton Street will remain open to residents from Clark Avenue to Bellflower Boulevard. Residents may leave the area by turning right on Atherton Street to Bellflower Boulevard and proceeding to Seventh Street. To access the area from the 405 Freeway, exit at Bellflower Boulevard. Residents will need to park in the neighborhoods north of Atherton Street until the streets reopen at approximately 12:30 p.m.