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Traffic Changes Announced for Ironman 70.3

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Organizers of the intermedix IRONMAN® 70.3 Augusta presented by Georgia National Guard announce information regarding the Ironman route and traffic plan today.  Traffic conditions will be impacted on area roads on Sunday, September 29, 2013 beginning at 4:00 a.m. and continuing until 6:00 p.m. The 70.3 mile triathlon will begin 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, the 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 on the route. The cyclists will return to the transition area at The Boathouse to begin the 13.1-mile run leg of the race.

Safety along the route is critical for both the athletes and our residents. There will be dozens of security vehicles including local law enforcement and city vehicles assisting with road closures and safety. Please be aware of these officers, along with uniformed volunteer road marshals, that will be monitoring entrances and exits to homes and businesses. If travels catch you in the midst of the oncoming caravan, sit tight and enjoy the race. Please be mindful of the 3,500+ athletes coming your way.

Bike Course:
The first group of cyclists will take the route at approximately 8:00 a.m. Organizers anticipate roads to be clear by 2:45 p.m.  The cyclists will start on Riverfront Dr. They will turn onto East Boundary then turn again on Sand Bar Ferry to begin the trek to Aiken County. Roads along the cycling route will be open to traffic. Major intersections will be monitored by law enforcement from the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, Aiken County Sheriff's Office, Jackson Police Department, and New Ellenton Police Department. Side streets will be monitored by volunteer course marshals from Fort Gordon. 

Run Course:
Race organizers expect the leaders to begin the run at approximately 10:00 a.m. According to the race cut-off time, runners must be off the course by 5:45 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 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 at 11:00 p.m. Thursday, September 26 and remain closed until 6:00 p.m. Sunday, September 29.
· Gordon Highway ramps will be closed at Broad St. and Bay St. from 4:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on September 29.
· The 5th Street Bridge will be closed from 4:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on September 29.

No Parking Areas:
The following areas will be designated no parking areas from 4:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. September 29:
· 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.

Bike Course Affected Roads:

Affected Road

Direction/Lane

From

To

Time Closed

East Boundary

Southbound

Reynolds Street

Greene Street

4 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sand Bar Ferry

East

East Boundary

Old Jackson Highway

7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Old Jackson Highway

Southeast

Sand Bar Ferry

Atomic Road (SC-125)

8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Atomic Road (SC-125)

North

Old Jackson Highway

To SRS-1

8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

SRS-1

East

Atomic Road (SC-125)

SC-19

8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

SC-19

North

SRS-1

Old Whiskey Road

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Old Whiskey Road

North

SC-19

Cherryvale Avenue

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Cherryvale Avenue

West

Old Whiskey Road

Woodland Drive

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Woodland Drive

South

Cherryvale Avenue

Highway 278

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Gray Mare Hollow

West

Highway 278

Silver Bluff Road
(SC-302)

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Silver Bluff Road

North

Gray Mare Hollow

Boyd Pond Road

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Boyd Pond Road

West

Silver Bluff Road

Horse Creek Road

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Horse Creek Road

North

Boyd Pond Road

Herndon Dairy Road

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Herndon Dairy Road

West

Boyd Pond Road

Pine Log Road

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Pine Log Road

South

Herndon Dairy Road

Atomic Road (SC-125)

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Atomic Road (SC-125)

West

Pine Log Road

Cloverleaf over
Sand Bar Ferry Road

9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Sand Bar Ferry

West

Cloverleaf

Prep Phillips Drive

9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Run Course Affected Roads:

Affected Road

Direction/Lane

From

To

Time Closed

Broad Street

East

13th Street

East Boundary

4 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Broad Street

West

East Boundary

12th Street

4 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

East Boundary

South

Reynolds Street

Greene Street

10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Greene Street

East

East Boundary

13th Street

10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

13th Street

North

Greene Street

Broad Street

10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

12th Street

 

Broad Street

Jones Street

10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Jones Street

 

12th Street

10th Street

10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

10th Street

 

Jones Street

Reynolds Street

10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

8th Street

 

Reynolds Street

Broad Street

10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Reynolds Street

 

10th Street

Bay Street

10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Bay Street

 

Reynolds Street

Reynolds Street

10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For more information and to download course maps, visit www.ironmanaugusta.com.

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