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Lane restrictions on the Robert N. Stewart Bridge at Second Street will be removed Friday to improve traffic flow on a day when many out-of-town visitors are expected.
Indiana Department of Transportation has been inspecting the bridge since Monday, closing two lanes at a time and leaving two lanes open.
The bridge serves as the major connector between downtown and the city’s westside Jonathan Moore Pike, where a number of hotels will house guests in town for Saturday’s Mill Race Marathon.
Race participants will drive to The Commons to pick up their registration packets during the Health and Fitness Expo. Race organizers expect some to attend between 4 and 8 p.m. today, but the majority will arrive between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Friday.
Of about 4,100 registered participants in Mill Race Marathon events, half are from outside Columbus, with 35 states represented.
Harry Maginty, spokesman for the Indiana Department of Transportation, said the work is part of a routine biannual inspection.
Inspectors will continue their work Friday but will move to the underside of the bridge so no lane restrictions will be necessary.
No inspection work is scheduled for the weekend. Inspections will resume Monday and conclude Oct. 4.
Phone alerts arriving today and Friday
An automated telephone system, which can provide emergency or essential information to residents, will send out messages today and Friday about the impact of the Mill Race Marathon.
The system, operated by Everbridge and Bartholomew County Emergency Operations Center, will send out recorded calls at:
- 10 a.m. today to Columbus businesses
- 6 p.m. today to residents countywide
- 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Friday to residents and businesses in specific areas where streets will be closed
Ed Reuter, director of the Emergency Operations Center, said today’s messages will notify recipients of Saturday’s Mill Race Marathon and its effects throughout the city, particularly on traffic and temporary lane restrictions and road closures.
“It’s much easier way to get the message out than going door to door,” Reuter said.
Only those businesses and households which have landline phones or who have signed up for the notifications will receive the calls. To sign up: Go to columbus.in.gov.
Runners will not have to worry about a train hampering their efforts for a good time at Saturday’s Mill Race Marathon.
Local officials have made arrangements with the Louisville & Indiana Railroad to delay rail traffic between 7 and 11 a.m. Saturday when the majority of runners and walkers will be making their way through the city.
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