HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — For the second year in a row, the Tour of Utah professional bicycle race is scheduled to pass through Hill AFB approximately between 1:30-2:30 p.m. Aug. 9.
There will be some impact to gates and traffic on base while the cyclists ride a circular route through the installation. Motorists should be aware that local area traffic off the installation will also be impacted as the race transits through communities surrounding Hill AFB.
In Layton, Stage 3 of the Tour of Utah will progress westward on State Route 193 from Fairfield Road, where it will turn toward the base and enter through the South Gate.
During this time period, the South Gate will be reduced to exit only just prior to the riders entering the installation. While the race progresses on the installation, both the South Gate and West Gate will be closed to motorists.
However, the Roy Gate will remain open and operate under normal conditions. After all race participants and support vehicles pass through the installation, inbound and outbound traffic will resume at all gates.
While riding on Hill AFB, the Tour of Utah will follow the North-East Perimeter Road, which includes Foulois Road, Browning Street, and Wardleigh Avenue.
After exiting South Gate, the race will continue to progress eastward on SR-193 to Hobbs Creek Road North and travel southward winding its way to Antelope Drive and eventually back to the finish line in Layton.
Passing is not permitted along the road being used by the bicyclists or authorized race caravan vehicles. Traffic is allowed to follow behind the race, but only at the same speed as the race, which averages 22 to 28 mph.
If you are traveling toward the race (in the opposite direction of the race), the Utah Highway Patrol will be controlling traffic at numerous intersections and treating it as a rolling road closure.
Race details and a graphic can be found at https://www.tourofutah.com/stages/stage3.
(Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the Hilltop Times on Aug. 2)