The traffic pattern on Wrightsville Beach will be altered from roughly 6-11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, while triathletes complete the swim and begin the biking segment of the annual PPD Beach2Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon.
Beginning at 6 a.m., South Lumina Avenue will be closed from Sunset Avenue to the south end of the island to anyone except residents. Causeway Drive will also be closed to all traffic except residents and employees from 7-11 a.m. or until the last triathlete crosses the bridge. A pilot car will usher east and westbound traffic across the bridge in a single lane during that time.
The bike route will travel down Old Causeway Drive, under the Heide Trask Drawbrige and through the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission public boat dock area, so traffic will also be limited to residents, employees, boaters and those visiting businesses in those areas during that time as well.
After the triathletes leave Wrightsville Beach, the bike route will follow Eastwood Road to Military Cutoff Road and Market Street before merging onto the John Jay Burney Jr. Freeway in Porters Neck and traveling to downtown Wilmington for the final leg of the race and the finish line.