Triathlon events will create road delays this weekend

A series of triathlon events will cause road delays this weekend in James City County.

The Patriot's Half, International and Sprint triathlons will run Saturday and Sunday mornings on portions of the county's roads, according to a county press release. Several hundred participants are expected to take part in the events. The Half, International and Sprint events are separate triathlon events of varying distances presented by the Virginia Maryland Triathlon Series. James City County Police will be on the route to direct traffic and ensure safety for participants and motorists.

"Our challenge is to keep participants and motorists safe during the event, while also minimizing the impact of the traffic delays that could result," said Stephanie Williams, a police spokeswoman.

No roads will be closed but delays are likely in the mornings on triathlons routes.

On Saturday, motorists can expect delays from 7:30-11:30 a.m. as a result of the events. The John Tyler Highway from Chickahominy Riverfront Park to its intersection with Greensprings Road is an event route, as is 4-H Club Road. Greensprings Road between its intersection with 4-H Club Road and Jamestown Road is part of a route, which extends down Jamestown Road to the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry, according to event maps. The intersection of Monticello Avenue and John Tyler Highway will be affected by the triathlon events as well.

Motorists may encounter delays from 7 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Williams said. Event routing extends along John Tyler Highway from Chickahominy Riverfront Park, the Monticello Avenue intersection and onto the John Tyler intersection with Greensprings Road. The route extends down Greensprings Road to Jamestown Road and toward the ferry.

The events benefit the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Further information about the events and routes can be found at www.vtsmts.com, the Virginia Maryland Triathlon Series website.

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