City Streets, CDA Press June 17
Participating in a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run is definitely a challenge. But have you tried getting around Coeur d'Alene during Ironman?
After slightly more than a decade of races, many of us know what to expect: Road closures and detours at every turn. This year is no different. Beginning Thursday, the barricades and detour signs go up in preparation for this year's big race on Sunday.
"A lot of work goes into getting ready for this race," Coeur d'Alene Street Superintendent Tim Martin said. "Our top priority is to protect the athletes who will be using the roadways. At the same time, we want to help motorists get to where they need to go."
Street crews will set up barricades and detours between Second Avenue and Independence Point from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Here's what to expect:
- Southbound traffic into the downtown area will be detoured onto Lakeside Avenue to Second, Third or Fifth streets to reach Sherman Avenue. Resort traffic should use First Street.
- Westbound traffic on Sherman will be limited to local business access only to Second Street. These vehicles will need to loop around and exit the downtown on Fourth Street or Lakeside Avenue.
- Second Street at Sherman will be closed to northbound traffic. This area has been congested in the past. Since it's an Idaho Transportation Department bypass route, the city has always chosen to close traffic northbound and to leave it open to Resort southbound traffic.
- The bleachers on Sherman will be set up at 5 p.m. on Thursday and will remain in place until Monday, June 24.
- The Independence Point parking lot will also close at 5 p.m. Thursday so medical tents and Ironman booths can be set up. Traffic signals at Second and Sherman will change to red flash mode and the signals at Lakeside and Independence Point will be turned off.
It's also important to note that the parking lot "A" located off Northwest Boulevard and Hubbard will close early Wednesday and reopen on Thursday, June 27. Mullan Avenue from 17th to 23rd streets will be a no-parking zone on the north side on Saturday, completely closed to traffic until Monday, June 24.
Expect traffic delays on Coeur d'Alene Lake Drive from Sherman to the Higgens Point boat launch during the bike portion of the race, particularly during peak hours of 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Cyclists will be riding in both north and southbound lanes during this time. U.S. 95 will also be affected from Hubbard Avenue southbound to milepost 408 (Missile Base Road). Speeds will be reduced to 45 miles per hour.
The good news, Martin said, is there will be free public parking off River and Mullan, as well as in the City Hall parking lot. Free shuttle service will be provided.
"We want to remind drivers to be cautious on the roads," Martin said. "And to all the athletes participating in the big race, the city of Coeur d'Alene wishes you good luck!"