Segments of Lake Tahoe Highways to be Closed During Ironman Event
9/16/2013
Date:        Sept. 16, 2013  #13-265
District:    District 3 - Marysville, www.dot.ca.gov/dist3
                 Jody Jones, District Director                       
Contact:   Steve Nelson  steve.nelson@dot.ca.gov
Phone:     (530) 741-4566; (530) 701-9459

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Segments of Lake Tahoe Highways to be Closed During Ironman Event

KINGS BEACH – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is alerting the public to highway closures and traffic delays in the North Lake Tahoe area during the inaugural Ironman Lake Tahoe race on Sunday, September 22.

Northbound State Highway 89 will be completely closed from Fairway Drive in Tahoe City to Squaw Valley Road from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on race day. Southbound State Highway 267 will be closed from Northstar Boulevard to Kingswood/Commonwealth Drive in Kings Beach from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Highway 28 will be closed in both directions in Kings Beach from Fox Street to the Highway 267 intersection from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. during the athletes' transition from swim to bike.

The eastbound Interstate 80 off-ramp to Highway 267/89 and the Highway 89 on-ramp to westbound I-80 will both be closed from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Access to residential streets from the highways will be closed at several locations as well. There will be traffic-control operators and CHP officers stationed on intersections around the lake during the race. Detours will be available and roadside electronic message boards deployed around the course. Motorists should allow for additional travel time and drive with caution through the open course areas.

More than 2,500 athletes will be competing in the event, which consists of a 2.4-mile swim in Lake Tahoe, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run.

Competitors will start at Kings Beach State Recreation Area for the swim course, then transition into the bike ride along Highways 28, 89 into the town of Truckee and onto 267 over Brockway Summit and then back down to Highway 28, repeat the loop, and then continue onto Highway 89 again before finishing at Squaw Valley. From there they'll run down to Tahoe City and back on the Truckee River bike path adjacent to Highway 89 before crossing the finish line at Squaw. Competitors have 17 hours to finish, with the last swimmers in the water by 7 a.m., the bike course closing at 5:30 p.m. and the run course closing at midnight.

See the attached course maps for more information or visit the Ironman Lake Tahoe website. For the latest highway traffic news, follow Caltrans District 3 on Twitter or like us on Facebook.

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