Motorists should expect traffic delays Sunday, June 1 as nearly 3,000 bicyclists pass through Holly Springs during the second Ironman Raleigh competition.
The 70.3-mile swim, bike and run course begins at Jordan Lake and ends in downtown Raleigh.
Within Holly Springs, bike riders will:
• Enter town from the west on Avent Ferry Road
• Turn left onto N.C. 55 Bypass and head north
• Turn right onto Old Smithfield Road and head southeast along Sunset Lake Road
• Turn left from Sunset Lake Road onto Optimist Farm Road to leave town
Race organizers expect the heaviest bicycle traffic to pass through Holly Springs between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. However, the first riders could appear on Avent Ferry Road as soon as about 8:30 a.m., with the last ones heading out Optimist Farm Road as late as 1 p.m.
Officers expect these intersections to be the most affected:
• N.C. 55 and Avent Ferry Road
• Sunset Lake Road and Holly Springs Road
• Sunset Lake Road and North Main Street
In-bound traffic on Avent Ferry Road approaching N.C. 55 may be detoured through the shopping center, past Harris Teeter to the Burger King, near Chick-fil-A. Traffic would then turn right onto Ralph Stephens Road and make a loop behind Walmart to reach Main Street.
More than 30 Holly Springs police officers will direct bicyclists and motorists through the area. The Ironman organization is paying for the officers and equipment.