COEUR D’ALENE – There is a reason the corner of Northwest Blvd. and Lakeside Ave. is known as the “hot corner” during Ironman Coeur d’Alene: it’s one of the busiest spots to watch the race because it’s where the athletes will transition from the lake to their bikes and from their bikes to their run.
And when those competitors head down Highway 95 South toward Plummer and Worley, drivers will be condensed to two-way traffic on the southbound lanes all day Sunday. The speed limit will drop to 45 mph and Idaho State Police officers will write tickets to anyone who parks along the highway.
Coeur d’Alene Lake Dr. will have restricted travel from about 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Ironman Coeur d’Alene race organizers suggest spectators to use Fourth St. or Government Way to get downtown. Drivers can still use Northwest Blvd., but should expect delays with lots of restricted travel.
Sherman Avenue between Second Avenue and Independence Point will also be closed Sunday, June 18th. Street crews will begin placing barricades and setting detour routes Thursday June 16th between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m.
Southbound traffice into the downtown area will be detoured onto Lakeside Avenue to Second, Third or Fifth Streets to reach Sherman Avenue.
The parking lot "A" located off Norhtwest Boulevard and Hubbard will be closed early on Wednesday and reopen on Thursday, June 27th.
Organizers say the best parking spots in the core of town are north of Lakeside Ave. between Government Way and 15th St. Additional parking will be available at the North Idaho College campus. Handicapped parking spots will be available along Third St., Fourth St., Fifth St. and Government Way.
Spectators should be prepared to walk some distance to watch the race. Organizers ask that everyone leave backpacks and coolers at home; they will have a close eye out for anything out of place.
Haustein encourages people who want to watch the race up close to volunteer to get some of the best views of the course. Volunteers can sign up online through Thursday.
Ironman Coeur d’Alene is Sunday, June 23.