Motorists advised to expect delays due to marathon

Motorists traveling in South Maui, on the pali and in Lahaina should expect some traffic delays Sunday because of the Maui Oceanfront Marathon, officials said.

The event is expected to draw as many as 1,600 runners who will be on roadway shoulders for most of the race.

The marathon begins at 5:30 a.m. on Wailea Iki Drive at the Wailea special event parking area. It will run north along South Kihei Road, then connect to North Kihei Road. From there, runners will make their way to the pali on Honoapiilani Highway and then to Front Street. The race’s finish is at 525 Front St. at Kamehameha Iki Park.

Traffic heading up Wailea Ike Drive will be stopped from 5:20 to 5:55 a.m. Northbound traffic will be routed to Okolani Drive.

Traffic also will be stopped for 20 minutes beginning at 5:25 a.m. for motorists heading south on Wailea Alanui Drive. Traffic will be routed up Okolani Drive to Piilani Highway and then down Wailea Ike Drive toward Makena.

Southbound traffic on South Kihei Road will be detoured up Kilohana Drive from 5:40 to 5:50 a.m.

After the first 1.5 miles of the race, roadway traffic will resume as normal.

In Lahaina, southbound traffic will be closed on Front Street for 1 mile between Honoapiilani Highway and Kamehameha Iki Park from 6:25 a.m. to 1 p.m. Area residents will be able to proceed with caution.

Motorists should avoid Shaw Street and use Prison Street to enter Front Street.

Front Street traffic north of Kamehameha Iki Park will not be affected.

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