Preparing for Monument Avenue 10K

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Saturday is also a big day for more than 41,000 people taking on the "Monument Avenue 10k." If you're one of're really going need to plan ahead. Parking is going to be tight. They'll be several road closures, and more than ever, traffic is will be an issue in Richmond.

Compared to last year - 4,000 more runners will hit the pavement in Richmond's Monument 10k Saturday. More runners mean more traffic Saturday morning.

"Avoid driving near downtown if you're not going to be out there," said Jackie Holt with Sportsbackers.

Street closures will go into affect starting 4 a.m. Saturday. It'll include parts of Broad Street, West Franklin, North Laurel and of course Monument Avenue. Drivers are strongly encouraged to use Interstate 95 and 195 to get around the city.

Keep in mind as you plan your way around Richmond Saturday, VDOT says the Huguenot Bridge could also be closed race day for some structural testing but that'll depend on the weather.

If it rains, the Huguenot Bridge will remain open to the public. If the weather's good, the bridge will be closed most of the day.

If getting around is expected to be tough, runners are also worried about parking.

"Parking in the Fan is limited that does fill up quick so if you're going to do that definitely plan on going down the Downtown Parkway," said runner Laura Osborne.

"It's always a concern, we are looking into shuttles for next year because our numbers keep growing," said Holt. "We have wind transportation and GRTC coming down this year to do some studies of what parking is like where the problem areas are."

There's much more you should know if you're heading out to the Monument 10k Saturday. Parking information, specific road closures and parking restrictions are available online, just click here.

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