Published: Jan 11, 2013 11:20 AM EST
Updated: Jan 11, 2013 11:25 AM EST

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Motorists can expect major traffic delays along Vanderbilt Beach Road and other roadways in North Naples and Golden Gate on Saturday and Sunday while the HITS two-day triathlon series is under way.

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office advises motorists to plan their commutes accordingly. Motorists who are traveling north and south would be best advised to take Interstate 75, deputies say.

Deputies will be stationed both days at every controlled intersection along the entire stretch of Vanderbilt Beach Road, which could see delays as long as 35 minutes to 40 minutes.

On Saturday, the full and half triathlon bicycle race route will proceed from the Vanderbilt Beach turn-around at Gulf Shore Drive, east on Vanderbilt Beach Road to Collier Boulevard, north on Collier Boulevard to Immokalee Road. The cyclists will then proceed out to the eastern reaches of Collier County. This race will affect vehicle traffic along all of Vanderbilt Beach Road and its intersecting streets from approximately 7:30 a.m. until approximately 5:20 p.m.

On Sunday, the Sprint triathlon bicycle race route will proceed from the Vanderbilt Beach turnaround at Gulf Shore Drive, east on Vanderbilt Beach Road to the turnaround point just west of Logan Boulevard.

Simultaneous to the Sprint triathlon Sunday, the Olympic triathlon bicycle race route will proceed from the Vanderbilt turn-around at Gulf Shore Drive, east on Vanderbilt Beach Road to Collier Boulevard, south on Collier Boulevard to Golden Gate Boulevard, and east to the turnaround point at 31st Street Southwest.

These two races on Sunday will have a significant impact on vehicle traffic and will cause substantial delays along all of Vanderbilt Beach Road and its intersecting streets from approximately 7:10 a.m. until approximately 10:30 a.m.