Flying Pig Road Closures (Or Why It May Be Easier To Run Than Drive Some Places This Weekend)

May 2, 2018

Updated: Thursday, 4:44 p.m.

The Flying Pig Marathon is this Sunday, May 6 — its 20th running — and as such a slew of streets in Cincinnati, Mariemont, Fairfax, and Northern Kentucky will be closed. 

Metro will maintain bus service using the detours noted below. The streetcar will be in operation around noon Saturday and Sunday.

Friday, May 4

To allow for setup of the finish line, Mehring Way between Elm Street and Joe Nuxhall Way will close on Friday from 12 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.

The Little Kings One Mile Sprint takes place Friday at 8 p.m. The following streets will close at 7:30 p.m., and are expected to reopen by 10 p.m: 

  • W. Pete Rose Way between Gest Street and Central Avenue (closes at 6 p.m.) 
  • Mehring Way westbound between Joe Nuxhall Way and Gest Street 
  • Central Avenue between W. Pete Rose Way and Mehring Way 
  • Elm Street south of Freedom Way 

There will be entertainment during and after the Little Kings One Mile Sprint, and the following streets will be closed until 1 a.m. Saturday: 

  • Freedom Way between Rosa Parks Street and Joe Nuxhall Way 
  • Walnut Street between Second Street and Ted Berry Way (local access will be maintained) 

As for Metro, detours will be in effect from noon to 3:30 p.m. on the Rt. 85 Riverfront Parking Shuttle. 

Saturday, May 5

On Saturday the 10K, 5K, and Kids' 1K takes place. The following streets will close from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m: 

  • Mehring Way between Freeman Avenue and E. Pete Rose Way 
  • Linn Street between Fifth Street and Gest Street 
  • Gest Street between Third Street and Mehring Way 
  • Third Street between Gest Street and Broadway 
  • Third Street ramp from southbound I-71 
  • Third Street ramp from westbound Columbia Parkway 
  • Clay Wade Bailey Bridge (will reopen after the 10K) 
  • W. Pete Rose Way between Gest Street and Central Avenue 
  • Central Avenue south of Third Street 
  • Plum Street south of Fourth Street (from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.) 
  • Second Street (from 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.)
  • Elm Street south of Freedom Way 
  • Race Street south of Fourth Street (from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.)
  • Walnut Street south of Fourth Street (from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.) 
  • Broadway south of Fourth Street 
  • Fourth Street between Broadway and Pike Street (single lane maintained for resident access) 
  • Pike Street between Third Street and Fourth Street (local access maintained) 
  • Third Street between Eggleston Avenue and Pike Street (local resident access maintained) 
  • Culvert Street between Third Street and Reedy Street 
  • Reedy Street between Broadway and Eggleston Avenue 
  • Seventh Street between Broadway and Culvert Street 
  • New Street between Broadway and Culvert Street 
  • Sentinel Street between Fifth Street and Eggleston Avenue 
  • Eggleston Avenue southbound between Reedy Street and E. Pete Rose Way 
  • Taylor Southgate Bridge (reopens at 11 a.m.) 
  • Elm Street south of Second Street (from 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.) 
  • Race Street south of Second Street (from 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
  • Rosa Parks Street south of Second Street (from 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
  • Marian Spencer Way south of Second Street (from 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.) 
  • Joe Nuxhall Way south of Second Street (from 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
  • Suspension Bridge 

Detours for Metro's Rt. 27 Northside - Casey line begin at 8 a.m. and end at noon. 

The 2018 medal for the Flying Pig Marathon.
Credit @runflyingpig / Instagram
Sunday, May 6

The following streets will close at 1 a.m. to allow for staging and start line of the marathon: 

  • Mehring Way between Central Avenue and Joe Nuxhall Way 
  • Elm Street south of Second Street 
  • Freedom Way between Elm and Race streets

The following streets will close as needed starting at 5 a.m. Crossing will be allowed with police or volunteer assistance: 

  • Second Street 
  • Joe Nuxhall Way between Mehring Way and Third Street 
  • Broadway south of Third Street 
  • Taylor Southgate Bridge 
  • Clay Wade Bailey Bridge 
  • Third Street between Gest Street and Central Avenue 
  • Gest Street northbound between Mehring Way and Linn Street 
  • Seventh Street between Central Avenue and Gilbert Avenue (vehicles from the garage at Seventh and Broadway will be permitted to exit at Seventh Street and continue across Broadway to E. Seventh Street)
  • Seventh Street exit from southbound I-75 
  • Central Avenue between Seventh and Sixth streets 
  • Plum Street between Eighth and Seventh streets 
  • Elm Street between Sixth and Seventh streets 
  • Race Street between Garfield Place and Seventh street 
  • Vine Street between Sixth and Seventh streets 
  • Walnut Street between Eighth and Seventh streets 
  • Main Street between Sixth and Seventh streets 
  • Sycamore Street between Eighth and Seventh streets 
  • Broadway between Sixth and Seventh streets 
  • Gilbert Avenue northbound between Seventh Street and MLK Drive 
  • Gilbert Avenue between Elsinore Place and Eden Park Drive 
  • Eden Park Drive between Gilbert Avenue and Victory Parkway
  • Fulton Avenue between Nassau Street and Eden Park Drive 
  • Art Museum Drive between Ida Street and Eden Park Drive 
  • Lake Drive 
  • Victory Parkway northbound between Eden Park Drive and McMillan Avenue 
  • McMillan Avenue between Victory Parkway and Woodburn Avenue 
  • Woodburn Avenue between McMillan Avenue and Madison Road 
  • Madison Road eastbound closed between Woodburn Avenue and Erie Avenue 
  • Erie Avenue eastbound between Madison Road and Bramble Avenue 
  • Paxton Avenue northbound between Observatory Avenue and Erie Avenue 
  • Murray Avenue between Erie Avenue and LaCrosse Avenue 
  • Bramble Avenue eastbound between Erie Avenue and Settle Avenue 

The race proceeds into Mariemont and Fairfax, then returns on westbound US-50/Columbia Parkway, which will see the closures of: 

  • US-50/Columbia Parkway single westbound curb lane between the Cincinnati Corporation line and Eastern Avenue off-ramp
  • Westbound US-50 ramp to Eastern Avenue 
  • Ramp from Red Bank Road to Westbound Columbia Parkway 
  • Eastern Avenue westbound between Columbia Parkway and Stanley Avenue 
  • Stanley Avenue southbound between Eastern Avenue and Kellogg Avenue 
  • Kellogg Avenue westbound between Stanley Avenue and Worth Street 
  • Riverside Drive eastbound between E. Pete Rose Way and Worth Street 
  • E. Pete Rose Way eastbound between Johnny Bench Way and Riverside Drive (may open earlier for garage access) 
  • Mehring Way between Central Avenue and E. Pete Rose Way 

The half-marathon will follow the same course out but will turn back at Woodburn Avenue and Madison Road. The following streets will be closed as needed: 

  • Madison Road eastbound between Victory Parkway and Woodburn Avenue 
  • MLK Drive eastbound between Gilbert Avenue and Victory Parkway 
  • Gilbert Avenue northbound between Eden Park Drive and MLK Drive
  • Sinton Avenue between Gilbert Avenue and Nassau Street 
  • Nassau Street between Sinton Avenue and Gilbert Avenue 
  • Elsinore Place between Reading Road and Gilbert Avenue 
  • Reading Road northbound between Central Parkway and Elsinore Place 
  • Central Parkway between Eggleston Avenue and Vine Street 
  • Eggleston Avenue southbound between Central Parkway and E. Pete Rose Way 
  • Eggleston Avenue northbound between Third Street and Broadway 

Detours will begin at 6 a.m. through approximately 2 p.m. for the following Metro routes: 

  • 4
  • 6
  • 11
  • 17
  • 19
  • 21
  • 24
  • 27
  • 28
  • 31
  • 32
  • 33
  • 43
  • 46
  • 49
  • 51
  • 50
  • 64
  • 78

Both races finish on Mehring Way just west of the Suspension Bridge.