If you've scheduled a day trip or out-of-region drive for next weekend, plan accordingly.
The Palisades Interstate Parkway will be closing its south-bound lanes from the Orange County line to the George Washington Bridge Saturday, August 11. The roadway will play host to the 112-mile bicycle portion of the Ironman U.S. Championship, which includes a 2.4-mile swim in the Hudson River and 26.2-mile run from Fort Lee, NJ to Manhattan’s Riverside Park. The closure will run from 2 a.m. to about 8 p.m.
"New York State Police and the New York State Park Police will be facilitating the entrance/exit ramp closures for the duration of the event," said Michael O'Shea, chief of . "It is likely that traffic congestion will be experienced throughout our county on August 11."
"The Piermont Police will have additional officers on duty to handle any issues that may arise," O'Shea added. "Please adjust your travel plans accordingly."
Some local lawmakers aren't thrilled with the closure, however, or the event with 2,500 athletes slicing through Rockland County.
"While I believe in the benefits of such events, the planned closure of the PIP will cause incredible inconveniences to Rockland County residents and weekend visitors," said Rockland County Legislature Vice Chairman Alden H. Wolfe.
"As this event impacts Rockland more than any other area in the state, I believe it is only equitable for a part of that revenue to be shared with taxpayers of Rockland County," Wolfe added, noting the Ironman organization paid New York State $250,000 for the privilege. "I do not feel that Rockland taxpayers should have to bear the burden of this event, yet realize none of its benefits."
Legislator Ed Day posted similar note on his Facebook page, noting the event does little to benefit Rockland.
"Getting around potentially heavily traveled alternate roadways will be challenging," he penned. "Add to that visitors not familiar with our roads driving with less focus than desired, and it can get a bit crazy out there."
Ed. note: this story has been updated.