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Bridge the Gap race still on for Saturday

Bridge the Gap race still on for Saturday

6 days, 19 hours ago by Scott Hardy

Rain in the forecast; numerous street closures planned

The threat of rain in the forecast for Saturday morning hovers over an event in Quincy Saturday morning, designed to aid a local charity.

The 17th annual Bridge the Gap to Health Race is set for Saturday morning, and is expected to bring in an estimated 25 hundred runners, spectators, and volunteers in the downtown and race course areas. The forecast is calling for showers and thunderstorms up to the start of the race, and organizers are urging those involved to sign up for text alerts, in case the race be delayed or even canceled. To subscribe, text bridge the gap to 888777. If the race is held, numerous streets will be closed along and near the route of the race, as well as traffic on both bridges crossing the Mississippi River would be down to one lane. That includes Maine Street from the Memorial Bridge to 24th Street, which will be closed from 6 to 10:30 AM. Other streets will be closed from 4 AM to Noon, including Broadway, Vermont and Hampshire, all from Front to 3rd. Organizers will also have detours set up on the Memorial Bridge and Illinois 57. Numerous parks along the race route will also be closed that morning. The race is a fundraiser for Quincy Catholic Charities. 

The following streets will be closed from 4:00am until 12:00pm:

• Front Street from Jersey to Broadway

• Bonansinga from Broadway to Cedar

• 2nd Street from Maine to Spring

• Broadway from Front to 3rd Street

• Vermont from Front to 3rd Street

• Hampshire from Front to 3rd Street

The following streets and highways will be closed from 6:00am until 10:30am:

• South lane of westbound US24 (Bayview Bridge)

• North lane of eastbound US24 (Memorial Bridge)

• Maine from the Memorial Bridge to 24th street (eastbound US24 traffic will be routed south at 3rd Street)

• Hampshire from 3rd to 5th

• Vermont from 3rd to 4th

• Jersey from 4th to 5th

• IL57 southbound (3rd Street) from Broadway to Maine

• IL57 northbound 3rd, York, & 4th) from State to Vermont

The following streets will be closed from 7:00 am until 12:00pm:

• West lanes of 2nd Street from Spring to Cherry street

• Cedar Street from 3rd street to Bonansinga Drive

• Bonansinga Drive from Cedar to Koch’s Lane

The organizers also say that In order to allow the public the quickest routes north and south of the closures, the following detours have been established:

• Eastbound Highway 24 traffic coming from Memorial Bridge

o South on IL57 (3rd street)

o East on State street

o North on IL96 (24th street) to US24

• Southbound IL57 traffic

o West onto Bayview bridge

o Turn around at 2nd highway median crossover

o East onto Memorial bridge

o South onto IL57

• IL 57 traffic coming north into Quincy or to access north side of course

o East on State street

o North on IL96 (24th street)

o West on IL 104 (Broadway)

Local traffic won’t be allowed to cross the route during the race, and drivers are urged to use caution when driving near the race. In addition to the street closures, race organizers say the following parks will be restricted for vehicle traffic:

• Clat Adams Bicentennial – Friday and Saturday

• Kesler

• Washington

• Riverview

• Lenane

• Bob Bangert

• Lincoln

• All America

• Quinsippi Island

 A map of the proposed road closures is below. 

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