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PPD's Beach2Battleship Triathlon may cause traffic congestion this weekend

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WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -- The Wilmington Police Department is working with the event organizers for this weekend’s PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon to ensure that participants will be safe and the traffic tie-ups minimized. Detailed information can be found on the event website at http://beach2battleship.com.

A few significant traffic hotspots within the city limits are worth mentioning.

One is along the bike course early on Saturday morning. Residents who live along the Eastwood Road / Military Cutoff section of the course will not be permitted to come out of side streets onto the main road while cyclists are passing through.

Another hotspot is along the run course at the intersection of Third and Greenfield Streets. Runners pass through the intersection twice, as they head into and out of the seven-mile loop around Greenfield Lake. Motorists are asked to exercise extreme caution in this area all day and into the evening on Saturday, October 20th. Organizers estimate that the first runners will begin to appear at around 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, and the last runners may pass through nearly 12 hours later.

Since traffic must be stopped when runners are going through the intersection, motorists are advised to expect delays or to use alternate routes during these hours.

Also the intersection of Hwy 17 (Market St.) and Porters Neck Rd. just south of the new interchange with I-140
Traffic delays are probable from 7:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. for northbound traffic on Market St. (Hwy 17) at Porters Neck Rd. Traffic delays are also probable for Porters Neck Rd. traffic accessing Market St. Motorists are advised to avoid this area from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. If you are on the roads during this time please be aware of cyclists sharing the road.

And you're advised to avoid the Isabel Holmes Bridge from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday. Motorists traveling from Wilmington to Brunswick County are asked to use the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge and avoid using the Isabella Holmes Bridge and Hwy 421. Traffic delays are probable for southbound traffic on Hwy 421 from I-140 to the Battleship NC from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

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