THE Penang Bridge and several major roads leading to Queensbay Mall will be closed on Nov 27 for the Asics Penang Bridge International Marathon 2016.
Penang Traffic Enforcement and Investigation Department chief Supt Roslan Ali said the affected roads would be closed in stages from 12.01am on that day.
They will be reopened after the event which is expected to finish by 10am.
He added that Penang Bridge would be closed from 11.30pm on Nov 26.
Part of Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway from George Town heading towards Penang Bridge will be closed and vehicles are not allowed to turn into the expressway from Jalan Ahmad Noor.
The other junctions which are impassable during the period are Jalan Tunku Kudin heading to Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway, exit of The Light, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah heading to the Penang Bridge and Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway, N-Park heading towards Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway and Persiaran Bayan Indah to Queensbay Mall and Bayan Lepas.
“Traffic will be diverted to alternative roads,” Supt Roslan told a press conference at the Penang police headquarters in Penang Road.
“Hence, road users should have no problems reaching their destinations as long as they have pre-planned their journey.
“More than 500 policemen will be deployed at intersections and traffic lights to help divert traffic.
“They will offer help when needed for the event.”
He said more than 30,000 marathon participants were expected to turn up.
He urged road users and participants to follow the instructions given by the police and follow traffic rules.
“Those who are taking a flight at the Penang International Airport are urged to depart earlier and check out the alternative roads to the airport,” said Supt Roslan.
He also advised marathon runners to park their vehicles at designated areas and to lock their vehicles.
“If possible, choose public transport to reach the starting point,” he added.
Also present at the press conference were state Tourism Development Committee chairman Danny Law Heng Kiang and state Traffic Enforcement and Investigation Department deputy chief Deputy Supt Zafri Zolkapli.