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Hagerstown bicycle race to close some North End streets

July 05, 2012
By Chad Trovinger, Graphic Artist

Starting at 7 a.m. Saturday, the Antietam Velo Club will be staging its Hagerstown Challenge Criterium bicycle race on a closed course in the North End, a city official said.

The race route is a loop around portions of Prospect Avenue, Oak Hill Avenue, Charles Street, Hamilton Lane and Forest Drive, city spokeswoman Erin Wolfe said in a news release.

During the event, no traffic will be allowed on any of the streets that make up the course, and no on-street parking will be allowed in those areas, Wolfe said.

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

The Hagerstown Police Department and race organizers will be directing traffic at the various street intersections around the race route.

Local traffic will be allowed to use those streets to access their residences under the direction of police, Wolfe said.

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Motorists approaching the race course should expect to encounter police officers, barricades, cones and temporary detour signs, she said.

“Traffic delays are likely, and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes away from the race area,” Wolfe said.

Emergency vehicles will be permitted to pass through the race route with coordination from police.

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