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)