Initially, the Ironman bike route led cyclists through four major construction zones, including an area at FM 1488 and Hwy. 149 with concrete barriers narrowing the road to two lanes, Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal said.
“The route [organizers] proposed would have been a real issue for cyclists,” Doyal said.
Additionally, due to flooding in April, a portion of the original 112-mile route had to be eliminated, resulting in the 94-mile route. Mark Seegers, Harris County Precinct 4 communications director, said issues with rerouting the triathlon through the area included closing intersections and posting police at those locations.
Montgomery County Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley said the original bike route could not be approved because it would tie up major intersections in the precinct.
“It was going to go right through our major road construction,” Riley said. “It’s too dangerous.”
Residents can call 346-225-6109 for traffic updates throughout the duration of the race.
For more information visit www.ironman.com.