Arnold events to force COTA reroutes

The 2013 Arnold Sports Festival 5K and 5K "Pump and Run" slated Sunday, March 3, will affect COTA service.

The disruption will begin at 9 a.m., according to an announcement from the transit authority.

Limited street closures and "rolling" closures along and around the racecourse will result in COTA reroutes and service delays during the event.

"COTA customers are urged to plan ahead and expect reroutes and delays," the announcement from COTA public-information officer Brian Hoyt stated.

Northbound:

Lines 2, 5 and 8 will be diverted off North High Street at Chestnut Street and then travel on Fourth Street to Second Avenue before returning to High Street.

Line 4 will be diverted off North High Street at Chestnut Street to Fourth Street and then return to its regular route.

Line 7 will be diverted off North High Street at Chestnut Street and then travel on Fourth Street to Second Avenue, will cross over High Street to make a left onto North Starr Avenue, take a right on Neil Avenue and then return to its regular route.

Line 11 will be diverted off North High Street at Chestnut Street and then onto Fourth Street traveling to Naghten Street before returning to its regular route.

Line 18 will maintain its regular route to Spring Street and Front Street continuing west on Spring Street to Neil Avenue where it will return to its regular route

Southbound:

Lines 2, 5 and 8 will be diverted from their regular routes at Second Avenue to Summit Street to Third Street where they will turn onto Chestnut Street to return to regular routes on High Street.

Line 7 will remain on the regular route to Neil Avenue and will divert to Third Avenue to Starr Avenue, cross High Street, travel on Summit Street to Chestnut Street and then back to High Street returning to the regular route.

Line 11 will maintain a regular route to Naghten Street and then travel on Third Street to Chestnut Street where it will return to High Street returning to its regular route.

Line 18 will remain on its regular route to Neil Avenue and Nationwide Boulevard, continuing south on Neil Avenue until turning onto Long Street, traveling to High Street and returning to the regular route.

"COTA will continuously monitor race traffic and reopen routes and reestablish service affected by the event as soon as possible," the announcement stated.

For more information, call 614-228-1776 or visit www.cota.com.

— Kevin Parks/ThisWeekNEWS

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