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Bay State Marathon Traffic Detour Will Be More Of A Problem For Drivers This Year

Oct 13, 2016 10:39AM ● By Bill Gilman
If you have been irritated by the traffic delays and detours associated with the Bay State Marathon in years past, be prepared for the headaches to be worse this year.
In years past, the marathon has resulted in one lane of the VFW Highway to shut down for several hours, causing significant delays for motorists. The plan has chanced for the 2016 race. According to Dracut Town Manager Jim Duggan, race officials, with the help of law enforcement, will completely close down the VFW Highway for several miles, from Dracut to Tyngsborough, during the race.
This year's race is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 16, starting at 8 a.m. at the Tsongas Center in Lowell. The course features a double-loop and ends back at the Tsongas Center. Drivers should plan on the VFW Highway being closed, as of 7:30 a.m.
The Bay State Marathon attracts thousands of runners each year and serves as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.

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