TRAFFIC DELAYS EXPECTED ON APRIL 22 FOR INAUGURAL KOMEN MARYLAND OCEAN CITY RACE FOR THE CURE

The Ocean City Police Department is reminding citizens to expect traffic delays on the morning of Sunday, April 22, 2012, as participants in the Inaugural Komen Maryland Ocean City Race for the Cure fill the streets of downtown Ocean City.  The race, which will feature a 5k run/walk and a 1-mile “Family Fun” walk, will begin at Somerset Streetand continue northbound along the Boardwalk. 

The inlet lot, which will host the “RaceVillage,” will be closed to all traffic from 7:30 a.m.until 11a.m.  Northbound traffic on Baltimore Avenue will be restricted to one lane from the inlet to 9th Street and will be closed to all traffic from 9th Street to 15th Street.  All northbound traffic from 9th Street will be directed toPhiladelphia Avenue. 

Residents and visitors are likely to see traffic delays on eastbound route 50 as early as7 a.m.and should expect congestion until after12 p.m.  Citizens should consider using alternate routes into OceanCityduring these times in order to avoid traffic delays.  In addition, heavy pedestrian traffic is expected along the race route and in surrounding areas.

The Ocean City Police Department is reminding pedestrians to use marked crosswalks while crossing the street.  Pedestrians should not take unnecessary risks crossing busy streets against traffic lights.  In addition, pedestrians are encouraged to make eye contact with drivers and continue to watch for traffic the entire time you are in the crosswalk.  Motorists should also be extremely vigilant while driving, keeping constantly aware of race participants, spectators, pedestrians, bicycles, mopeds and scooters.