Streets throughout Hunt Valley will be closed temporarily Sunday for the 20th Annual Susan G. Komen Maryland Race for the Cure. Baltimore County police are advising motorists and others to be prepared for detours and delays before, during and after the event.
The event includes a 5K Run, a 5K Walk and a 1 Mile Family Fun Walk. The 5K race will start at 8 a.m. The 5K Walk and the 1 Mile Walk will start at 8:30 a.m. All three follow the same course. The entire event is expected to last about three and a half hours. Motorists should expect the streets to remain off limits, once they are closed, for the duration of the event. Police officials strongly suggest that drivers avoid the area between 6 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. because of heavy traffic and road closures.
Participants and others will begin arriving at 6 a.m. Runners will meet at the Race Village, on the parking lot of the Executive Plaza in Hunt Valley. Baltimore County police officers will direct vehicular traffic and pedestrians where necessary. Message signs will be placed at various locations to assist drivers on the day of the race.
According to the county police department and the race organizers, here is a list of street closure locations and approximate times. In most cases, the closures will be in effect for the duration of the event.
Shawan Road at York Road: No traffic will be permitted to travel westbound on Shawan Road after 6 a.m. At 7:30 a.m. all southbound traffic on York Road near Shawan Road will only be allowed to go onto the Giant parking lot.
Shawan Road at the east entrance to the Hunt Valley Towne Centre, across from Verizon: No traffic will be permitted to exit the Towne Centre parking lot after 6 a.m.
Shawan Road at the main entrance to Hunt Valley Towne Centre, near the Light Rail line: No traffic will be permitted to exit the Towne Centre parking lot after 6 a.m. When the runners have moved to Shilling Road near the end of the race, eastbound Shawan Road will be opened.
Shawan Road at McCormick Road: No traffic will be permitted to enter Shawan Road from McCormick Road. Pedestrians will be assisted in crossing. All eastbound traffic on Shawan Road from northbound I-83 will be directed to turn left onto McCormick Road. Traffic from southbound I-83 entering eastbound Shawan Road will be directed to turn left onto International Drive.
McCormick Road at International Circle: Traffic will be directed from eastbound International Circle left on McCormick Road. No traffic will be permitted to turn right onto McCormick Road toward Shawan Road. McCormick Road southbound will be closed between International Circle and Shawan Road.
Westbound and Eastbound Shawan Road ramp to/from northbound and southbound I-83: Pedestrians will be assisted along Shawan Road.
McCormick Road at Shilling Circle: At 6 a.m. no vehicles will be permitted to travel northbound on McCormick Road. At 7:30 a.m., no vehicles will be permitted on Shilling Road and McCormick Road.
York Road at Shilling Road will close at 7:30 a.m. No vehicles will be permitted to travel northbound on York Road.
York Road at Ashland Road will close at 7:45 a.m. No vehicles will be permitted to travel on northbound York Road. The northbound York Road slow lane from Ashland Road to Shawan Road will be coned off. This lane will be used to allow traffic to travel northbound after race participants pass.
Shilling Circle exit to the rear of the Burger King access road will close at 7:45 a.m.
Shilling Road at Pepper Road will close at 6 a.m. Pepper Road will be closed at Shilling Road. No vehicles will be permitted to enter Shilling Road from Pepper Road.
McCormick Road at Shilling Circle at the light rail tracks will close at 6 a.m. No vehicles will be permitted to travel northbound on McCormick Road.
McCormick Road at Wight Avenue will close at 6 a.m. No vehicles will be permitted to travel northbound on McCormick Road.
Beaver Dam Road at McCormick Road will close at 7 a.m. No vehicles will be permitted to travel northbound on McCormick Road. All vehicles will be directed to Beaver Dam Road toward Gilroy Road. All vehicles coming from eastbound Beaver Dam Road will be directed right onto Beaver Dam Road toward Warren Road.
Beaver Dam Road at Gilroy Road will close at 6 a.m. No vehicles will be permitted to travel northbound on Gilroy Road.
Warren Road westbound from York Road to McCormick Road will be closed at 6:45 a.m.
Beaver Dam Road at Ivy Hill Road will close at 7:30 a.m. No vehicles will be permitted to travel on Beaver Dam Road east of Ivy Hill Road with the exception of the those going to Hunt Valley Church, Louis Edward Court, Ivy Hill Court and property addresses between 13030 Beaver Dam Road and 13109 Beaver Dam Road.
Beaver Dam Road at Cockeysville Road will close at 7:30 a.m. No vehicles will be permitted to travel northbound on Beaver Dam Road. All vehicles will be directed onto Cockeysville Road.
Shuttle buses will be available to transport people from the Lakefront business area, Sam's Club, Lowe's and the Timonium Light Rail park and ride. The buses will pick up people and transport them northbound on Beaver Dam Road to Wight Avenue and then then make a right onto York Road and complete the loop. There will be a designated travel lane on McCormick Road from Beaver Dam Road to Wight Avenue for the shuttle buses after the roads have been closed for the race.
The Maryland Transit Administration will operate starting at 5 a.m. to accommodate the public on race day. For more information, visit the MTA website at mtamaryland.com and follow the directions for the light rail lines. For more information on how to obtain a free light rail pass and the route of the race, visit KOMENMD.org/2012.