LI Marathon Could Cause Traffic Trouble Sunday for Game Three

Kevin Schultz, Islanders Point Blank:

The Islanders will face the Penguins for Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals this coming Sunday, May 5th at noon. The early start time is likely due to the matchup being coveted by NBC, as the network will show the game nationally. Are you excited about going to Game Three on Sunday? Well, get ready for a traffic nightmare.

Coincidentally the Long Island Marathon, an annual event since 1970, is being held this Sunday on the roads near the Coliseum. In fact, the event will start on Charles Lindbergh Boulevard right in front of the Coliseum at 8am. Participants will be checking in at the Mitchell Athletic Complex, heading to the start line on Charles Lindbergh, and finishing at Eisenhower Park.

Many roads will be closed in the area to accomodate the runners and potentially causing traffic jams for anyone looking to get to the Coliseum early. In fact, the entrance and exit ramps to and from Charles Lindbergh boulevard will be closed until 10am. Here are some of the road closures that could cause the biggest trouble, courtesy of Newsday:

- Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
- Meadowbrook Parkway exits and entrances to and from Charles Lindbergh Boulevard and Eisenhower Park, 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
- Post Avenue from Railroad Avenue to Jericho Turnpike, 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
- Wantagh Parkway from Northern State Parkway to Merrick Road, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Jericho Turnpike eastbound from Post Road to Brush Hollow Road, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

If you plan on approaching the Coliseum from the North or East before 11am, you’re going to run into some road blocks. Not only that, don’t go near the Wantagh Parkway; that road is closed from its start at the Northern State all the way south to Merrick road until 2pm, which at that time, should be somewhere near the start of the third period.

Those of you coming from the south shore look to be out of the woods on this one; the marathon mostly takes place north and east of the Coliseum (that tiny little circle in the lefthand corner of the below image is the Coliseum).