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Cops announce safety measures, road closures for Suffolk marathon

Runners begin the full and half marathon at

Runners begin the full and half marathon at the second annual Suffolk County Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Security measures for Sunday’s Suffolk County marathon were announced Thursday by Police Commissioner Timothy Sini, who said police will be at the event in “full force” — prepared to respond to a terrorist attack or any other emergency.

Sini stressed that no “specific threats” have been made in connection with the marathon.

The measures, including the deployment of K-9 units, motorcycle and bicycle patrols, and plainclothes officers, are being taken “to ensure everyone’s safety” — but he added he did not want to scare anyone away from attending or participating in the event.

“We say all this [about the security measures] not to cause concern by anyone, but to let people know we are prepared,” Sini said.

Sini also announced a number of road closures and traffic detours, saying motorists should expect delays and detours in the area of the marathon and urging people not to travel in the area with their vehicles if possible.

Sini made his comments during a news conference Thursday at police headquarters in Yaphank.

About 2,600 people are expected to participate in Sunday’s Catholic Health Services’ 3rd Annual Suffolk County Marathon, which will take runners through the county’s downtowns, parks and waterfronts.

The 8 a.m. event, which starts in Patchogue Village, benefits veterans organizations and will feature a 5k run, a 13.1-mile half marathon, a 26.2-mile full marathon and a 4-member relay.

The following major road closures, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, were announced:

  • Montauk Highway (Route 27A) between North Ocean Avenue in Patchogue and Connetquot Avenue in Great River;
  • Exit 46A off Sunrise Highway (Route 27) for Montauk Highway in Oakdale;
  • Southbound Nicolls Road (County Road 97) will be closed south of Sunrise Highway (Route 27) at Church Street in Bayport;
  • Southbound Broadway Avenue, south of Sunrise Highway (Route 27) in Sayville;
  • Great River Road south of Montauk Highway (Route 27A) — limited access via Timber Point Road — to local residents.

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