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W-B Triathlon to slow traffic on Back Mountain roads

August 17. 2013 11:44PM
Jon O’Connell

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Motorists in the Back Mountain should be aware that the Wilkes-Barre Triathlon takes place this morning and competitors will follow a different route than in prior years.

After organizers determined the old Lower Demunds bike route was getting congested, as more homes are built on the other side of state Route 309, they configured a new 25-mile route that might slow traffic for early-morning churchgoers and Sunday drivers.

Triathlon Director Joanne Gensel said the race starts at 7:30 a.m. and the first cyclist should be riding no later than 8:15 a.m.

On the new course, cyclists will:

• Depart from Harveys Lake Beach Club heading west.

• Turn left onto Noxen Road.

• Turn right onto state Route 29.

• Turn right onto Buckwheat Hollow Road and continue around the Harveys Lake eastern shore.

• Turn left onto Idetown Road to cross state Route 118 and ride around the Huntsville Reservoir on Old Route 115.

Turn right onto Follies Road and right again on Jackson Road.

Turn left onto Old Route 115 to end at the Penn State Wilkes-Barre tennis courts.

Traffic will be rerouted in only one place. Travelers will have to skirt around the busy Huntsville Corners intersection by way of Church Road.

Traffic at all intersections will be directed by state constables, but motorists should be careful when traveling on any of these routes.

Gensel suggested that drivers avoid taking Huntsville Road from Route 309 between 8:30 to 11 a.m. if possible.

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