Ironman Augusta race to impact traffic

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Some Augusta roads will close this weekend for the intermedix Ironman 70.3 presented by the Georgia National Guard.

Traffic conditions will be impacted from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, organizers say.

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. Organizers are asking motorists to be aware of these officers, along with uniformed volunteer road marshals who will be monitoring entrances and exits to homes and businesses.

Here are details about the race and road closures:

Bike Course: The first group of cyclists will take the route at approximately 8 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 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 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26 and remain closed until 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29.
  • Gordon Highway ramps will be closed at Broad St. and Bay St. from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 29.
  • The 5th Street Bridge will be closed from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Sept. 29.

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

  • Broad Street from East Boundary to 13th Street, including center parking bays
  • Reynolds Street from East Boundary to Bay Street