Ironman will bring road closings

The 8th annual Ironman 70.3 Augusta, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia. An estimated 3600 athletes swam 1.2 miles, biked 56 miles and ran 13.1 in what is touted as one of the largest Ironman competitions in the world. TODD BENNETT/STAFF

The Ironman 70.3 Augusta triathlon will impact traffic Sunday beginning at 4 a.m. and continuing until 6 p.m.

 

The event begins at 7:30 a.m. with a 1.2-mile swim from the Augusta Riverwalk Marina to The Boathouse Community Center on Riverfront Drive. From there, athletes will transition to the 56-mile cycling leg into South Carolina. The cycling leg will wind through Aiken County, passing through Jackson and New Ellenton, before returning to the transition area at The Boathouse to begin the 13.1-mile run leg of the race through downtown Augusta.

The first group of cyclists will take the route around 8 a.m. Organizers anticipate roads to be clear by 3 p.m. The cyclists will start on Riverfront Drive, then turn onto East Boundary then turn again on Sand Bar Ferry and continue into Aiken County. Roads along the cycling route will be open to traffic.

Race organizers expect the leaders to begin the run portion at approximately 10 a.m. Runners must be off the course by 6 p.m. On Greene and Reynolds streets, one lane of traffic along the route will be designated for the race, with cones marking the circuit. Broad Street will be closed to vehicle traffic from 13th Street to East Boundary. Motorists are encouraged to park on side streets.

Other closures:

The westbound lane of Broad Street between 8th and 9th Streets will close Friday evening and remain closed until 6 p.m. Sunday.

Gordon Highway ramps will be closed at Broad St. and Bay St. from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The 5th Street Bridge will be closed from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday.

No parking areas:

The following areas will be designated no parking areas from 4 a.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday:

Broad Street from East Boundary to 13th Street, including center parking bays.

Reynolds Street from East Boundary to Bay Street.

8th Street from Reynolds Street to Broad Street.

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