Lower north shore residents are being urged to prepare for major road closures this weekend, as 40,000 runners hit the city for the 2023 Sydney Marathon.
Major thoroughfares will close from North Sydney to Moore Park between 3:30am and 3pm on Sunday, September 17.
“Travel across the city will be very limited for majority of the day,” NSW Transport warned.
The marathon means major roads will be closed from 3:30am on Sunday September 17.
The event — which also includes a half-marathon, 10-kilometre bridge run, wheelchair marathon and family fun run — starts at Bradfield Park at Milsons Point at 6am. Participants will begin entering the Park from 5am. There will be portable toilets, marquees, fences and generators set up during the morning. From 5.15am, local residents are advised that there will be some low-level noise as messages are relayed to participants and background music plays. Speakers will be pointed inwards to face Bradfield Park.
Marathon runners will cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge and continue through the Sydney CBD, Pyrmont, The Rocks, Darlinghurst, Moore Park and Centennial Park
ydney Marathon detour routes. Image: Transport for NSW.
This year’s road closures are more extensive due to changes to the course. The 2023 event is an Abbott World Marathon Majors Candidate Event, meaning if it meets certain requirements, it could join cities like Tokyo, Boston and TCS London as a major marathon.
“The Sydney Harbour Bridge, Cahill Expressway and Western Distributor will close from 4am to 10am,” Transport for NSW Coordinator General Howard Collins said.
“The Sydney Harbour Tunnel will remain open but extensive delays are expected.
About 40,000 runners will cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge, with major delays expected on local roads.
“Major roads from the Sydney Opera House to Moore Park, including Macquarie St, College St, Park St, and parts of Oxford St and Flinders St will close between 4am and 3pm.”
Mr Collins has urged everyone, particularly motorists, to avoid non-essential travel on Sunday.
“If you must drive, be aware that significant detours will be in place and long delays are expected. So, please leave plenty of extra time to reach your destination, particularly when driving between the Sydney CBD and eastern suburbs,” he said.