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Giant water slide, Ironman race to create traffic headaches this weekend

Posted May 29, 2015

A 1000-foot water slide and large packs of elite athletes could create traffic headaches in Raleigh and Wake County this weekend.

On Saturday, large crowds are expected for the first "Slide the City" event on Glenwood Avenue in downtown Raleigh. A 1000-foot slip-and-slide will be installed on the street, blocking off several blocks between noon and late evening.

Drivers should expect heavier-than-usual delays around the area and fewer parking options.

On Sunday, nearly 3,000 participants in the IRONMAN 70.3 Raleigh triathlon will force several street closures for multiple hours.

The race is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. with a 1.2-mile swim at Jordan Lake. Athletes will then complete a 56-mile bike ride through Chatham and Wake counties before entering downtown Raleigh to transition to the closing 13.1-mile run.

Raleigh police and other law enforcement agencies will shut down several streets during the event:

  • Fayetteville Street between David and Lenoir (12 a.m. Saturday to 11 p.m. Sunday)
  • Right lane of U.S. Highway 64 between Pear Ridge and Beaver Creek (7 to 10 a.m. Sunday)
  • Lake Wheeler Road north of Tryon (9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday)
  • Exits from Beltline to Lake Wheeler Road (9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday)
  • Saunders Street between Lake Wheeler Road and South Street (9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday)
  • South Street between Saunders and Wilmington streets (9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday)
  • Left lane of Wilmington between South Street and Edenton (9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday)
  • Left lane of Edenton between Wilmington and Salisbury (9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday)
  • Salisbury between Edenton and Hillsborough (9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday)
  • Hillsborough Street between Salisbury Street and Meredith College (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday)
  • Fayetteville Street between Morgan and Lenoir (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday)
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  • Aanritsen Deur May 30, 2015
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    I agree. Ya live in the city, there's going to be things like this occasionally. Complaining about it is like people who move to the country, then complain about the smell of cow doo.

  • Jim Buchanan May 30, 2015
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    I am glad to see that WRAL is calling all this mess a headache! For once, I agree with them!

  • Scott Mace May 29, 2015
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    It was intended to be BOTH serious and sarcastic...

  • Angel Nardo-Myers May 29, 2015
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    I do think the race is cool but are you saying the wants of a few supersedes the need of the many? Wow!! That would be the exact thinking that has this county in a complete mess.

  • Marcy Lyn May 29, 2015
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    Love it ! This just gives me the ability to stay as far away from downtown as possible.

    For me: I think I will just stay on the boat at the lake this weekend and avoid it all ! Thanks for the Heads-Up!

  • Scott Mace May 29, 2015
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    Their right to recreate on public roadways supersedes your individual right to freely move about.

  • Scott Mace May 29, 2015
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    Here are maps of the Ironman courses to help those who can't avoid going to these areas:

    http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/americas/ironman-70.3/raleigh/athletes/course.aspx#axzz3bXqwl971

  • Theresa Zadori May 29, 2015
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    The bike race is crazy. How to you shut down multiple major roads for a bike race. I sat in traffic for ever last year just trying to go food shopping. My son has a baseball tournament in Cary at Thomas Brookes and every way that I could possibly go will be blocked off for this bike race. I know it only crosses some of the roads, but the traffic will still be backed up from them crossing. I think it's ridiculous.

  • Jim Buchanan May 29, 2015
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    It is nice until you live in a community that it runs along, which I do! We have signs up everywhere stating that from 8am - 1pm, it's going to be busy. Busy is fine but, last year, I could not leave my community during this time. So, that's the down side of it all!

  • Sherrill Craig May 29, 2015
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    Good.

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