Traffic Advisory: Publix Georgia Full/Half Marathon Returns to VaHi on Sunday March 23

The Publix Georgia Full and Half Marathon will return to the streets of VaHi on March 23 and, as has been the case in past years, traffic in the neighborhood will be impacted.

Expect traffic delays and road closings along the course of the Publix Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon, Sunday, March 23, between 7 AM – 2 PM. More than 16,000 participants, 2,500 volunteers and 30,000 spectators will be along the course which runs from downtown Atlanta to Decatur and back, passing through Centennial Olympic Park, Georgia State, MLK Historic Site, Old Fourth Ward, Inman Park, The Carter Center, Candler Park, Agnes Scott, Emory, Druid Hills, Virginia-Highland, Midtown, and Georgia Tech along the way.

The following information is provided to help people who live, work, and worship near the Publix Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon course plan their drive during 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 23, 2014. With this information, you’ll be able to see which roads will be impacted by the race and plan an alternate driving route to your destination to minimize traffic delays.

Check out the following topics for detailed information about the race course, each street on the course, suggested driving directions to various sections of the course, and other useful information.

Traffic, Road Closure and No Parking Zones:

Street List & Traffic Lanes:

Course Map:

Community Information FAQ’s:



Publix Georgia Full and Half Marathons Return to VaHi March 17

You’ll want to plan your travel carefully the morning of March 17 as the Publix Georgia Full and Half Marathon races return to Virginia-Highland.

Organizers expect over 16,000 runners to participate this year. Both races will start and end in Centennial Olympic Park and all runners will pass through VaHi. Following is a list  of full and partial road closures and the times you may want to avoid these areas.

For more information on the Publix Full and Half Marathon races and the Luckie 5K race, click here.

7:13 – 9:30 AM (Half Marathon runners)

N. Highland Ave. (from North Ave. to Virginia Ave.):  All lanes closed to traffic; no roadside parking

Virginia Ave. (from N. Highland Ave. to Park Dr.):  EB lane only open to traffic

7:17 – 9:45 AM (Half Marathon runners)

Park Dr. (from Virginia Ave. to Piedmont Park bridge):  All lanes closed to traffic; no roadside parking

8:25 AM – 12:35 PM (Marathon runners)

Stillwood Dr. (from Briarcliff Rd. to Los Angeles Ave.):  EB lane only open to traffic; traffic must turn south on Briarcliff

8:30 AM – 12:45 PM (Marathon runners)

Los Angeles Ave. (from Stillwood Dr. to N. Highland Ave.):  EB lane only open to traffic; traffic must turn south on N. Virginia to Briarcliff

N. Highland Ave. at Los Angeles Ave.:  EB Los Angeles can turn south on N. Highland

Los Angeles Ave./Brookridge Dr. (from N. Highland Ave. to Elkmont Dr.):  EB lane only open to traffic; traffic must turn south on N. Highland

Elkmont Dr. (from Brookridge Dr. to Orme Circle):  EB lane only open to traffic; traffic must turn east on Crestridge

Orme Circle (from Elkmont Dr. to Park Dr.):  NB lane only open to traffic; traffic must turn east on Elkmont

8:35 AM – 1:00 PM (Marathon runners)

Park Dr. (from Orme Circle to Piedmont Park):  All lanes closed to traffic


Publix Georgia Marathon 3/18 (street closures)

The Publix Georgia Marathon, which will run through our neighborhood on 3/18/2012. Check on routes, times, etc at then click on “community” for info.

The marathon will affect streets in a wide swathe from Downtown to Decatur — here are the main streets in our immediate neighborhood that are affected, but see also full road closure info on Georgia Marathon site:

  • Ponce De Leon – There is always at least 1 eastbound and 1 westbound lane on Ponce De Leon between Peachtree St and N Highland Ave and between N Highland and Decatur Square. The intersection of Ponce De Leon at N Highland is closed during approximately 7:13 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. but reopens to traffic at approximately 9:30 a.m., after which Ponce is open to 2-way traffic from Peachtree St to Decatur Square.
  • North Ave – Until 11:00 a.m., eastbound traffic on North Ave is detoured off North Ave from Luckie St to Fowler St to North Ave. Including this detour, there is always at least 1 eastbound and 1 westbound traffic lane on North Ave between Northside Dr and Freedom Pkwy. The intersection of North Ave and N Highland is closed during approximately 7:09am-9:30am but reopens to traffic at approximately 9:30am.
  • Boulevard/Monroe Dr – During the race, Boulevard/Monroe Dr is open to traffic from Auburn Ave to Park Dr. After Auburn Ave reopens to traffic at approximately 8:30am, Boulevard/Monroe Dr is open to traffic from south of I-20 to Park Dr. Monroe & Park Dr are closed to traffic during approximately 8:35am-1:00pm.
  • N Highland Ave – N Highland Ave from North Ave to Virginia Ave is part of the course during approximately 7:13am-9:30am. After approximately 9:30am, N Highland Ave is open to traffic from Baker-Highland Connector to Los Angeles Ave. N Highland & Virginia is closed to traffic during approximately 7:13am-9:30am. N Highland & Los Angeles is closed to traffic during approximately 8:30am-12:45pm.
  • Briarcliff Rd – Briarcliff Rd from Stillwood Dr to The By Way is part of the course during approximately 8:25am-12:30pm. During the race, Briarcliff Rd is open to 2-way traffic south of Stillwood Dr and north of The By Way.

Neighborhood Races and Festivals

  • The Intown10 Race on 3/4/2012 news at – for times of street closings.
  • The Publix Georgia Marathon on 3/18/2012 news at – for times of street closings.
  • The proposed Streets Alive festival plans slated for 5/20/2012 will be presented and discussed at the next VaHi Civic Association meeting on 3/12/2012 at 7 at the PDL Avenue library.

Safety Team Report 3/20/09

Be On The Lookout!!

There was an attempted break-in at the Colonnade condo building on North Highland Avenue early Sunday morning the 15th. The alert owners were at home at the time, awoke and scared him away – but just because he failed this time does not mean he won’t try here again. His physical description is as follows – white male in low to mid 30’s, about 5’10”, with jet black wavy hair and long sideburns. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt at that time. If he hasn’t shaved his head and cut off the sideburns – he ought to be very easy to recognize.

Your UPS/FedEx Deliveries

Don’t forget to stop by Intown Hardware on North Highland Avenue to sign up to have your packages delivered to their safe address, and avoid package thefts from your front doorstep. This is a wonderful good neighbor service.

North Highland Cleanup March 28th

Victoria Hathcox has stepped up to assume leadership for monthly cleanup sessions, and has scheduled the first session to make sure North Highland is really clean to welcome the ING Marathon on the 29th. Bring your gloves and meet at the Intown Hardware parking lot at 9 a.m. ready to do some serious pickingup. Trash bags, etc. will be supplied. We will also be painting over or erasing any graffiti along this street also. Contact Victoria at for any questions or further details. Thank you Victoria for your leadership! This can be a great family event.

ING Marathon March 29th

Don’t forget to alter your driving plans for this race day to avoid frustrations. Go to for details and race routes.

Safety Team Street Captains Meeting

Eleanor Barrineau has agreed to chair this helpful and informative training session again this year. This is scheduled for Saturday morning, May 9th at 10 at the PDL Avenue library. Those who attended last year know this is a way to learn how to better serve your neighbors and keep your corner of the world a little safer. Contact Eleanor at if you would like to help her organize this event.

National Night Out Event

If you attended this event last August or heard about it – you know this was a great community bonding event. Michelle Reid has stepped up to head up the event this year and is ready to start planning toward August 4th – e-mail her at to volunteer to help her make this year’s event bigger and better. We are bound to get a lot of media attention this year, since I am sure we will be an important campaign stop for city office candidates. Thank you Michelle for your leadership!

Crime reports from APD

The following incidents are gleaned from our APD Zone 6 crime stat reports for weeks # 10 and 11 of 2009, with emphasis on our Beat # 603, but with news from over all of the Zone as it pertains to us in our everyday lives. Read these reports to learn how you can alter your daily routine to lessen the chances of your becoming a victim. Granted, we can’t avoid everything, but alert and aware folks are far safer in the long run.

Aggravated Assault – There was a domestic altercation in a parking lot in the 700 block of PDL Avenue involving folks from Stone Mountain. A fight in Freedom Park resulted in a homeless male being hit on the head with a beer bottle by a female. He was taken to Grady on our tax dollar.

Auto Theft – A vehicle was stolen from the garage of the Briarcliff Summit building on PDL Avenue.

Commercial Burglary – A unit was entered at the storage facility on Kanuga Street at Virginia Avenue. Burkhart’s Bar at Ansley Square on Piedmont Avenue was entered through a broken rear door window. (Yes, you’re right – liquor was stolen.)

Larceny From Auto – Vehicles were broken into on Amsterdam Walk, Adair Avenue, Frederica Street, Los Angeles Avenue, Pylant Street, Arlington Place, PDL Avenue (4), PDL Place, and Virginia Avenue. One of the thefts from PDL Avenue involved the loss of parking and fog lites – your guess is as good as mine as to why something like this would be stolen. Half of our smash and grabs were from vehicles owned by folks outside of VaHi. Remember to remind your visitors and neighbors of the Clean Car Campaign – an empty car is not much of an invitation to the guys who roam our streets looking for opportunities. All around Zone 6 in this time period – TWENTY GPS systems were taken, 5 in-dash radio/stereos were ripped out, 5 license plates were taken off and one ammo clip was stolen. Keep looking to make sure you still have a license plate.

Larceny Other – YSM Design on Dutch Valley Place reported several computers are missing with no signs of forced entry. A wallet was taken from an unwatched purse at the Varsity, Jr. on Lindberg Drive. The North Highland CVS had a shoplifter caught by an officer at the corner of Greenwood and Highland. A female patron forgot her purse at closing time at the MJQ Club on PDL Avenue – her credit card had already been used by the time she checked with her bank. A Briarcliff Summit resident was missing a cellphone after a visitor left their apartment. Our PDL Avenue Kroger and Publix stores caught 4 shoplifters, and the Edgewood Target caught 3 illegal shoppers.
At the Bank of America branch in East Atlanta, someone left their ATM card in the machine’s slot – and yes it was used again. Also at this same bank, a suspect tried to cash a stolen check – the police were called, but the suspect fled before the officer’s arrival. The suspect though, left the check and their I.D. at the bank.

Residential Burglary – A Highland Green Way condo was entered through a smashed rear window. Bicycles were stolen from a Monroe Drive garage via an unlocked door. Two different apartments on Piedmont Road were entered through unlocked doors. Elsewhere around Zone 6 in this time period, 4 residences were entered via kicked-in doors. In case you missed seeing the scary video of a recent Henry County door-kicking incident

I have not heard anything lately about the naked male prowler on Briarcliff Road – any news or sightings about this problem? Let me know so I can keep the rest of the neighborhood informed. And for those of you who jog or walk solo in darkness – keep in mind the stabbing attack on Briarcliff Road in DeKalb County this week. Need I say more?

Be alert, be aware, keep your car clean, and stay safe!!