Thursday, August 18, 2016

Expect Delays in Afternoon Rush Friday Due to America’s 9/11 Motorcycle Ride

Tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 19 -- from 2 - 6 p.m. -- motorists can expect road closures and delays of up to 90 minutes while 1,500 motorcycles and support vehicles travel from the Maryland/Virginia line in Loudoun County to the Pentagon as part of the America's 9/11 Ride. State and local police will escort the riders.

The motorcycle procession will come from the Dulles Greenway and travel the left side of the eastbound Dulles Toll Road for several miles. It will then cross to the right lane of the Dulles Access Highway and continue inside the beltway to I-66. The Virginia State Police will facilitate the movement of the procession from there. The route is as follows:

  • Route 15 south to Leesburg
  • Route 7 bypass
  • Dulles Greenway
  • Dulles Toll Road (ramp closures from Route 28 onto eastbound Dulles Toll Road)
  • Dulles Connector Road
  • I-66 (ramp closures from I-495, Sycamore Street, N Glebe Road, Lee Highway, and N Lynn Street)
  • Route 110 to the Pentagon

VDOT advises drivers to use alternate routes and expect heavier than normal traffic on local roads.

The America's 9/11 Ride is expecting about 1,500 motorcyclists to participate in the ride from Shanksville, Pennsylvania, to the Pentagon, then to New York City. On Friday the group plans to travel eastbound from Leesburg along the Dulles Greenway, the Dulles Toll Road, the Dulles Airport Access Highway and Interstate 66 at the beginning of the afternoon commute.
Police departments from affected jurisdictions, including the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) Police Department, will put lane closures and temporary roadblocks in place to accommodate the movement of motorcycles and keep airport traffic flowing.
MWAA reports that all eastbound traffic in the Dulles corridor should plan extra travel time and expect delays. The Airports Authority also reports that all construction-related lane closures will be suspended Friday afternoon to reduce potential traffic impacts

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