KINGS BEACH – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is reminding the public about 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 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 the swim to bike courses.
The eastbound Interstate 80 off-ramp to Highway 89/267 (Exit 188B) and the Highway 267 on-ramp to westbound I-80 will both be closed from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Motorists will be redirected to the westbound I-80 on-ramp from Donner Pass Road or to eastbound I-80, where they can turn around at Overland Trail (Exit 190) and head west.
Several of Caltrans' highway electronic message signs will be activated prior to the race alerting motorists of the closures in addition to roadside message boards set up by the race organizers.
Access to surface streets from the highways will be closed at several locations. There will be traffic-control operators and CHP officers stationed at intersections all around the course during the race. Detours will be available. 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. All of the road closures will be lifted by 5:30.
A section of Highway 267 from Brockway Summit to Stewart Way in Kings Beach was just repaved, shoulder repairs have been done on 89 south between Truckee and Squaw Valley and Caltrans maintenance crews have been sweeping the highway portions of the course in preparation for the event.
"Overall, the state highways on the course are in excellent shape for the event," Caltrans Maintenance Superintendent Dave Wood said. "Caltrans is committed to doing its part to ensure the race is a success."
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