The Eighth Annual PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon this Saturday is expected to bring more than 2,300 athletes through city streets with several traffic hotspots around the city.
The triathlon and the New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) 5K events will have a new finish line this year at the Port City Marina on the northern end of the city, just past the Wilmington Convention Center, according to a news release from the City of Wilmington.
Traffic hotspots include the intersection of Porters Neck Road and Market Street, the Isabel Holmes Bridge, the Greenfield Lake area, Wrightsville Beach, Military Cutoff Road and Front Street in downtown Wilmington.
In the Porters Neck area, traffic delays are expected for northbound traffic on Market Street at its intersection with Porters Neck Road and traffic accessing Market Street from Porters Neck Road. Motorists are advised to avoid this area from 7:30-10 a.m.
Motorists on Market Street between Military Cutoff and I-140 during this time are asked to avoid the area or be aware of cyclists on the road until about noon.
Motorists traveling from Wilmington to Brunswick County are asked to avoid using the Isabel Holmes Bridge and U.S. 421 on Saturday. The city can be accessed via the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. Traffic delays are possible for southbound traffic on U.S. 421 from I-140 to the USS Battleship North Carolina from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
The bridge to and from Wrightsville Beach will have significantly increased traffic Saturday morning until about 10:30 a.m. In downtown Wilmington, Water Street from Grace to Dock streets will be closed from noon Friday until 2 a.m. Sunday.
The NHRMC 5K beginning at Hugh Morton Amphitheater at Green Field Lake Park will impact downtown traffic from 9-10 a.m. The race starts on West Lake Shore Drive, continuing down Carolina Beach Road, Willard Street, Fourth Street, Greenfield Street and South Front Street, before turning onto Ann Street, down to the Water Street finish line.
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