WILMINGTON — Heads up drivers, the 2019 Ironman 70.3 North Carolina will take place Saturday and traffic delays should be expected from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
According to the event’s website, “We please ask that runners and drivers to be aware of each other. There will be significant law enforcement support provided by officers from the Wilmington Police Department along the route stationed at all major intersections helping to guide traffic. In addition, Volunteers wearing orange safety vests will assist with traffic control. IRONMAN 70.3 North Carolina will be one of the most elite showdowns on the IRONMAN circuit and will bring more than $5-million to the local economy. In order to protect the participants and thousands of volunteers, there will be partial and full road closures along the race route. We recognize the potential inconvenience this may have on your travel plans and thank you for your help and support as we showcase our area through world-class sports.”
For the bike portion of the race, expect closures along Eastwood Road and MLK Parkway.
“Traffic control devices will be placed at 6 a.m. Removal will begin as soon as the last cyclist passes through the areas in which they are located (by 10:30 AM). The race route is an open course; meaning roads are open to traffic, however, there will be some lane closures and traffic pattern changes,” according to the event page. “Road Closures [include] All roads intersecting Westbound Eastwood and Westbound MLK. Except for Market Street. and College Road.”
From 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., runners will be on the roads.
Road closures include:
- Southbound Front St. between N. 3rd St. and Greenfield St.
- Brunswick St. between N. Front St. & Nutt St.
- Red Cross between N. Front St. & N. Water St.
- Nutt St. between Brunswick St. & to Wilmington Convention Center Parking Deck entrance
- Hwy 76 to Northbound 421 closed to traffic with traffic detoured to 2nd exit ramp eastbound off Cape Fear Memorial Bridge then back to on-ramp and over bridge to 421
- Greenfield St. between S. Front St. and S. Fifth St.
As far as the Greenfield Lake area goes, there will be closures here as well.
“The inner lane of Lake Shore Drive (lane closest to the lake) is closed from 5th St. to Amphitheater Drive. All traffic will have to travel in a counter clockwise direction to get around the lake or out of the intersecting neighborhoods,” according to the website.