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To facilitate the transport of athletes and Games official several traffic restrictions have been implemented in Lima; here an exclusive lane on the Panamericana Sur; photo: El Comercio

Road closures and traffic restrictions for the Lima 2019

An attempt to ease Lima’s traffic chaos for participants with significant impact for locals

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After the absolutely amazing and typical Peruvian inauguration ceremony yesterday, the Pan American Games 2019 in Lima are in full swing. To facilitate a quick and smooth transport for the 6,7000 athletes, numerous officials and others involved in the Games through Lima’s usually congested streets, several traffic restrictions have been implemented.

“Pico y Placa” Initiative – Plate restrictions on 5 main traffic axes

Already on July 22, the “Pico y Placa” Initiative was implemented with the aim of reducing traffic on 5 main arteries in Lima. These are:

Map of Lima showing the five main traffic axes where license plate restrictions apply

  • 1: PanAmericana Norte (from Naranjal roundabout) – Via Evitamiento – PanAmericana Sur (as far as Av. Alipio Ponce)
  • 2: Javier Prado (from Huarochiri roundabout) – Av. Pershing – Av. La Marina (up to Av. Elmer Faucett)
  • 3: Av. Tacna (from Conde de Superunda) – Av. Garcilaso de la Vega – Av. Arequipa (up to Miraflores roundabout)
  • 4: Av. Paseo de la Republica (from Bajada de Armendariz to Plaza Grau)
  • 5: Av. Canada (from Av. Circunvalacion to Paseo de la Republica)

Vehicles belonging to the Peruvian category M1 and N1 - cars of all types, SUVs and pickup trucks - with plates ending on an even number (0, 2, 4, 6 and 8) are NOT allowed to circulate on these roads Mondays and Wednesdays from 06.00 am to 10.00 am and from 05.00 pm to 09.00 pm.

Vehicles belonging to the Peruvian category M1 and N1 - cars of all types, SUVs and pickup trucks - with plates ending on an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7 and 9) are NOT allowed to use the designated routes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 06.00 am to 10.00 am and from 05.00 pm to 09.00 pm.

Emergency vehicles, official (police and diplomatic) vehicles, as well as public transportation, official taxis, school buses, funeral processions, construction equipment, and traffic accredited to the Pan American and Parapan American Games are exempt from these restrictions. Additionally, those living along designated roads will not be subject to the restrictions (have ID with correct address and / or other proof with you).

Be aware that The Pan American Games are only the trial period for the initiative and there are plans to extend the restrictions indefinitely. “Pico y Placa” is expected to reduce the vehicle flow through the city by 25% and is meant to also increase the efficiency of public transportation.

Exclusive lanes on Lima's streets for athletes and PanAm officials

To minimize traffic disruptions and facilitate a quick and smooth transport for the 6,7000 athletes, numerous officials and others involved in the Games between the different venues and the Athlete’s Village / other accomadation, three types of lane restrictions have been implemented: the permanent lane (purple), the temporary lane (blue) and the preferential lane (green).

Lima 2019 map of exclusive lanes implemented to facilitate the transport of athletes and PanAm official

The permanent lane (purple)

The permanent lanes (marked in purple on the map) are segregated by physical barriers 24-hours a day and exclusively for the transport of athletes and officials. The intent of the purple lanes is to minimize travel time for athletes between accommodations and event venues. Police officers of the Peruvian National Police (PNP) monitor the lanes’ use.

Lima 2019 24/7 purple lane exclusively used for the transport of athletes

The temporary lane (blue)

The temporary lanes (marked in blue on the map) are installed four hours before each competition and two hours after and are exclusively for the transport of athletes and officials during these time periods. These lanes are marked by temporary barriers (such as cones or plastic barriers) that can be easily moved to reroute traffic.

Lima 2019 blue lane used for the transport of athletes and officials before and after competitions

The preferential lane (green)

Preferential lanes (marked in green on the map) are meant to facilitate the quick transport of athletes and support personnel. These lanes may not have physical separation but are controlled by police offices of the Peruvian National Police. Priority will be given to the white official PanAm buses and other forms of mass transportation.

Lima 2019 on green lanes priority is given to the white official PanAm buses and other forms of mass transportation

Restrictions around Lima 2019 venues

Even though it was initially reported that around all venues a “protective ring” would be placed prohibiting traffic in these areas completely, representatives of the Lima 2019 informed that only lane and parking restrictions are put in place.

Road closures July 26 - 29 for Pan American Marathon and Triathlon

On July 27, Lima will experience extreme vehicular restrictions in several districts due to the two marathons and two triathlons held simultaneously (other days affected July 26, 28 and 29). The marathon will begin and end at Parque Kennedy in Miraflores. The route will cross Avenida Arequipa and head toward the center of Lima. The return will be via Avenida Arequipa, Avenida Pardo, the Reserve and Cisneros boardwalks, and Avenidas Armendáriz and Larco.

The following roads will be closed (see map):

  • Avenida José Larco
  • Avenida José Pardo
  • Avenida Malecon Cisneros
  • Malecon de la Reserva
  • Avenida Armendáriz, from the intersection with Calle Las Dalias to the intersection with Calle Las Acacias
  • 52 blocks of Avenida Arequipa (districts of Miraflores, San Isidro, Lince and Cercado de Lima)
  • Avenida Garcilaso de la Vega
  • Naval Heroes Walk

Lima 2019 road closure due to the Pan American Games 2019 Marathon and Triathon

Restrictions will be in effect during the following times:

  • July 26 from 10.00 pm until July 27 10.00 pm
  • July 28 from 07.00 am until 01.00 pm
  • July 28 from 10.00 pm until July 29 10.00 pm

Be aware that during the whole Pan American Games and ParaPan American Games road closures and restrictions as well as vehicle parking restrictions near and along the main routes and venues may be implemented.

Road closures August 4 in the center of Miraflores

On Sunday, August 4 there will be several road restrictions around Parque Kennedy due to the walking events of the Pan American Games.

pan american games road closures and detours august 4 2019

Road closure Costa Verde August 6, 7 and 10

The Costa Verde is closed on August 6 from 09.00am to 02.00pm and from 10.00pm to August 7 10.00pm because of the Pan American Games cycling events.Additionally the Costa Verde will also be closed on August 10 for the cycling race and the section between Av. Brasil and the access to the Huaylas thoroughfare will be restricted.

Pan American Games closure of Costa Verde in Lima due to cycling events

Road closures August 11 in the center of Miraflores

On Sunday, August 11, there will be several road restrictions around Parque Kennedy due to walking events of the Pan American Games.

The following streets will be closed from 00.00am to 03.00pm

  • Av. José Larco, from the Ovalo Miraflores to Calle Tarata
  • Av. Diagonal, from the Ovalo Miraflores to Calle Schell
  • Calle Bellavista, from Calle Berlin to Av. José Pardo
  • Calle Mártir José Olaya, from Av. Diagonal to Av. José Pardo
  • Calle Schell, from Av. José Larco to Av. Diagonal
  • Av. José Pardo (West to East direction), from Calle Bellavista to the Ovalo Miraflores

Pan American Games in Lima walking event august 4 and 11 road closures