COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- Kootenai County officials asked for people to be on alert around waterway hazards and possible traffic congestion due to the approaching Diamond Cup hydroplane races.
Event organizers have been setting the race course on Lake Coeur d'Alene near the Silver Beach area for the past few days. Numerous course buoys and log booms will be moved into the area for the races until Labor Day weekend. Officials asked boaters to use extreme caution when traveling through the area around the course.
They added that Coeur d'Alene Lake Drive from Potlatch Hill Road to west of Sunnyside Road will be reduced to only one lane with traffic flaggers on either end. Coeur d'Alene Drive will remain one lane through the weekend. The Centennial Trail will remain open but will be diverted next to the single lane of vehicle traffic.
Locals and drivers who need access east of the race venue are asked to use an alternate route like Interstate 90 to Mullan Trail to Sunnyside Road.
Spectators are encouraged to use the free bus services from the Kootenai County Fairgrounds as well as the downtown shuttle services to reduce traffic congestion. There will be no parking at the race venue and vehicles found blocking emergency vehicle access to road, parked on private property, or blocking access to homes will be subject to removal at the owner's expense.
Kootenai County officials said they will have increased patrols through Labor Day weekend to ensure the safety of all residents and guests.