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Bike race to close roads

July 10, 2009

The Antietam Velo Club will hold the Hagerstown Challenge Criterium cycling race in Hagerstown's north end this morning beginning at 7 a.m.

The race route is a loop around portions of Woodland Way, West Hillcrest Road, The Terrace, Prospect Avenue, Forest Drive and Park Lane.

The City of Hagerstown has provided the following information about traffic flow:

o During the event, no through traffic will be allowed on the streets that comprise the race route, and no on-street parking will be allowed on these streets.

o The Hagerstown Police Department and race organizers will direct traffic at the various street intersections around the race route. Local traffic will be allowed to use these streets to access their residences under the direction of police officers.

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o Emergency vehicles will be able to pass through the race route with coordination from the Hagerstown Police Department.

o Motorists approaching the race route should expect to encounter police officers, barricades, cones and temporary detour signs.

o Traffic delays are likely, and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes away from the race area.

The races are scheduled to be completed by 4:30 p.m., and all streets are expected to be reopened to traffic by 6 p.m.

For information, call the City of Hagerstown's Community Affairs Department at 301-739-8577, ext. 183.

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