Drivers should expect congestion on U.S. Highway 95 in Coeur d’Alene and south of town this Sunday as the highway will be partially closed during the Ironman Race.
Lanes will be closed on US-95 from the Spokane River Bridge south to the State Highway 58 Interchange from approximately 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Traffic on US-95 will be restricted to one lane in each direction and crossed over to the southbound set of lanes, with flaggers at all public intersections. Race traffic will use the northbound set of lanes.
“Closures will be similar to what drivers can remember from previous races, but with two active work zones along the course, delays will be worse than normal,” Traffic Engineer Nathan Herbst said.
Work zones are already in place at the Spokane River Bridge and the nearby intersection of US-95 with Lincoln Way and Walnut Avenue. While no active work will be taking place, there is only room for one lane to be open during the race at the US-95 bridges over the Spokane River and Northwest Boulevard. Drivers will have to wait for flaggers to allow them to proceed through.
Drivers looking to cross the Spokane River and avoid congestion near downtown Coeur d’Alene should plan to use the Spokane Street Bridge in Post Falls or the Appleway Avenue Bridge near the state line.
Travelers are reminded to check 511.idaho.gov for any traffic impacts on interstates and state highways.