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Memorial ride rolls into region

Saturday - 8/20/2011, 7:19am  ET

WASHINGTON - The hundreds of motorcyclists that rode through the region Friday to honor the victims of the 2001 terror attacks are now on the move up to New York City.

They will proceed northbound on Interstate 395 toward Pennsylvania Avenue, where they'll turn onto D.C. 295/Kenilworth Avenue and head to the Baltimore/Washington Parkway.

The riders then will take the B/W Parkway to northbound Interstate 895, access the Harbor Tunnel Thruway and head up I-95 to New York.

The ride will impact traffic as the bikers move through the area, but the procession should be clear of the region by 10 a.m. Click here to see how your Saturday travels might be affected by the riders and other events.

The memorial ride by bikers with America's 911 Foundation moved through the D.C. region from Hagerstown, Md. to the Pentagon/Crystal City area of Virginia. The group was expected to stretch up to 15 miles and impact major commuter routes Friday afternoon, but WTOP Traffic says no major issues stemmed from the procession.

At about 10:15 a.m., the nearly 2,500 motorcyclists entered eastbound Interstate 70 near Hancock, Md. after taking Interstate 68 out of Cumberland. The Maryland State Highway Administration says the riders entered Virginia on U.S. 15 around 2:40 p.m.

At 3 p.m., riders began entering Fairfax County on the Dulles Toll Road. Onlookers were lined up along Interstate 66 and on overpasses with American flags to cheer on the bikers.

By shortly after 4 p.m., the bikers were arriving in Crystal City. Virginia State Police spokesperson Deborah Cox says the ride reached its final destination at 4:19 p.m. "with no major incidents."

Commuters can track the bikers' progress using a GPS map on the foundation's website. (Ed's. note: Users may need to refresh the site several times or click on the site's top banner before the link to the GPS map will appear.)


Stay informed of all the closures related to the ride by listening to traffic every 10 minutes on the 8s on 103.5 FM and you can follow WTOP Traffic and WTOP on Twitter. WTOP's Custom Commute cameras can help you navigate your commute.

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