THE Penang Bridge and a stretch of the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway will be closed for the Penang Bridge International Marathon 2017 this Sunday.
Also to be closed are the roads around Queensbay Mall. The full and half marathons will start and end at the mall’s outdoor car park.
The stretch of the expressway that will be closed is from its junction with Jalan Ahmad Nor and the Seagate traffic light junction, according to the runner’s guide book.
The bridge and affected roads will be closed from 12.01am on Sunday and will reopen in stages from 5am to 11am.
After 5am, the stretch of the expressway from the Seagate traffic light junction to the Bayan Baru roundabout will reopen.
The stretch of the expressway from the Batu Uban interchange to Jalan Ahmad Nor is scheduled to reopen after 7am.
Except for Persiaran Bayan Indah in front of Queensbay Mall which will reopen at 11am, the other stretches of the expressway and bridge are scheduled to reopen by 10am.
Those wishing to travel between the island and the mainland during the first bridge closure could use the ferry service or the Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Bridge (second Penang bridge).
The ferry schedule will be at 40-minute intervals from midnight Saturday to 6am Sunday from its Butterworth terminal, and from 12.20am to 6.20am Sunday from the island terminal.
It will resume as per its normal schedule from 6am Sunday.
The runner’s guide also stated that Rapid Penang will provide shuttle service at RM2 per person from the Komtar bus interchange to the marathon site from 10pm Saturday to 6.30am Sunday.
The return shuttle from the marathon site to Komtar will be from 4.30am to 11am Sunday.
There will be free shuttle from the ferry terminal to the Komtar bus interchange at 15-minute intervals from 10pm Saturday to 6am on Sunday.
Asst Supt Ahmad Affzanizam Mohd Dali from the Penang police Traffic Enforcement and Investi-gation Department advised road users to plan their journey earlier.
“Those who are taking flights from the Penang International Airport should also head there earlier,” he told a press conference in Komtar recently.
He advised road users to follow the instructions of policemen stationed at the various junctions and locations, adding that 539 police personnel would be on duty throughout the event.
Also present at the press conference were state Tourism Development Committee chairman Danny Law and Penang Amateur Athletic Association president Datuk Syed Mohd Aidid Syed Murtaza.