COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. -- Motorists in Collier County are being warned to expect major traffic delays in parts of North Naples, Golden Gate Estates and Ave Maria this weekend while the HITS two-day triathlon series is underway.
The Collier County Sheriff’s Office recommends that motorists use Interstate 75 for north and south travels because there will be significant traffic delays at all north/south intersections along all of Vanderbilt Beach Road during the race times on Saturday and Sunday.
Deputies will be stationed both days at every traffic light along the entire stretch of Vanderbilt Beach Road, which could see delays as long as 35 minutes to 40 minutes.
SATURDAY, JAN. 9:
The full and half triathlon bicycle race route will proceed from the Vanderbilt Beach turn-around at Gulf Shore Drive, east on Vanderbilt Beach Road to Collier Boulevard, north on Collier Boulevard to Immokalee Road. The cyclists will then proceed out to the eastern reaches of Collier County via Immokalee Road and Oil Well Road.
These two races will affect vehicle traffic and cause substantial delays along all of Vanderbilt Beach Road and on Collier Boulevard north of Vanderbilt Beach Road from approximately 7:30 a.m. until approximately 11 a.m.
The bicycle portion of the race will conclude in Ave Maria. The marathon segment will take place in Ave Maria. There will be limited traffic delays within Ave Maria from approximately 9:30 a.m. through approximately 11 p.m.
SUNDAY, JAN. 10:
The Sprint and Olympic triathlon bicycle race routes will proceed from the Vanderbilt Beach turnaround at Gulf Shore Drive, east on Vanderbilt Beach Road to Collier Boulevard, south on Collier Boulevard to Golden Gate Boulevard, and east to the final turnaround point near 23rd Street Southwest.
The two Sunday races will have a significant impact on traffic and will cause substantial delays along all of Vanderbilt Beach Road and its intersecting streets as well as the intersection of Collier Boulevard and Golden Gate Boulevard from approximately 7:10 a.m. until approximately 11 a.m.
For detailed maps of the route for each event, please visit the HITS Triathlon Series website.