Penang tourism development, arts, culture and heritage committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin said the closure is to ensure a safe and competitive environment for the marathoners.
“Some 25,000 runners are expected to take part in the full and half marathons.
“The bridge will be closed from 12.01am tomorrow while the affected routes will be closed or diverted in stages starting from 11pm today until 10am tomorrow.
“The roads around Queensbay Mall will also be closed and motorists are advised to plan their journeys carefully.
“We urge road users to follow the instructions of policemen on alternative routes and obey the traffic rules.
“Those who are taking flights from the Penang International Airport should head there earlier than planned,” he said during a press conference at Komtar.
Meanwhile, Penang police Traffic Enforcement and Investigation Department director Supt Wan Sharuddin Wan Omar said the police would be deployed at various road junctions and traffic lights to ensure smooth traffic flow on alternative roads.
“Those taking part in the marathons should come early and in a group, use public transport and park at the designated venues,” Supt Wan Sharuddin added.
Penang Traffic Enforcement and Investigation Department officer-in-charge (Traffic Management) Asst Supt Fakhruz Zaman Husin said most of the roads to be closed are around Queensbay Mall and the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway.
“Those heading to George Town and Bayan Lepas will be diverted to Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah.”
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