A Sept. 11 memorial motorcycle ride is going to pass through this region over the weekend, potentially causing severe traffic congestion in the area. The organizers are expecting about 3,000 participants, so this could seriously impact people heading to work or leaving town for a vacation.

Drivers, are you changing any plans due to the anticipated traffic problems? If you’re changing your schedule or just bracing for delays, we want to hear from you. E-mail Katherine Shaver at shaverk [at] washpost [dot] com or use this page to let her know.

This is the part of the planned route and how it could impact you (for more details on the route’s other highlights, head here). Pay particular attention to Friday afternoon:


• 8:45 a.m.: East on I-68 from Cumberland, Md., to I-70 to Exit 28 for Hagerstown.

• 12:30 p.m.: I-70 east to exit 52A, for Route 15/340 south.

• 2 p.m.: Arrive at Leesburg, then take the Dulles Greenway and the Dulles Toll Road east to I-66 to Route 110 to Pentagon.

This leg of the trip could have the biggest impact on traffic, because it will be spanning key commuting arteries on a Friday afternoon. Some things to expect:

— Riders will be in the far left lane of the Dulles Greenway, while general traffic will stick to the far right lane.

— Heavy congestion is expected for travelers going to and from Dulles airport on Friday, but riders will remain in the far left eastbound lanes of the Dulles Toll Road.

— Eastbound I-66 will be temporarily closed from the Beltway to southbound Route 110, and heavy delays are expected on I-66 and I-495.


• 6:45 a.m.: Leave the Pentagon for I-395 north to I-295 to the Baltimore-Washington Parkway to I-95 north to the Maryland House rest area.

• 9:30 a.m.: Leave Maryland House on I-95 north to Delaware.

Here’s the full breakdown of the ride:

Friday, Aug. 19

Start: Highland HD, Somerset, Penn.

Depart 6:45am

1 Right turn out of Highland HD onto Center Street

2     Left turn onto Stoystown Road (Rt 281 North)

3     Right turn onto Pompey Hill Road

4     Right turn onto Lambertsville Road

5     Left turn into the temp site. (All bikes keep to the left lane to make the loop)

6     Left onto Lambertsville Road

7     Left onto Main Street

8     Right on Bridge Street

9     Left on Main Street

10  Main Street turns into Cornerstone Road

11  Take left fork to stay on Cornerstone Road

12  Right onto Huckleberry Hwy (Rt 160)

13  Route 160 become Route 47 crossing into Maryland

14  Left onto Route 36

15  Route 36 turns into Route 40 which turns into Mechanic Street

16  Follow Mechanic Street through downtown Cumberland            following police directions

17  Merge onto I-68 East

18  Merge onto I-70 East

19  Exit 28 – Make Left at end of ramp

20  Straight through first light21  Bear right at next light and into Prime Outlets on right.

Stop: Hagerstown Prime Outlets, Hagerstown, (Lunch)

1     Turn right out of Prime Outlets onto Sharpsburg Pike south

2     Right onto ramp for I-70 East toward Frederick

3     Exit 52A onto US-15 S / US-340 W toward Charlestown, W.Va.

4     LEFT exit onto US-15 S toward Leesburg

5     Bear right onto US-15 BUSINESS through historic downtown Leesburg

6     Turn left onto US-15 BYP N / VA-7 E towards Alexandria

7     Merge onto VA-267 E (Dulles Greenway) toward Dulles Airport / Washington

8     After passing Dulles Airport, riders cut left onto the Airport Express Road (still 267)

9     Merge onto I-66 E towards Washington

10  Exit 75 onto VA-110 S towards Pentagon / Alexandria

11  Follow to Rt 1 and follow police directions. Radisson is off Rt1. Embassy Suites is off Eads

Double Tree and Residence Inn are off Army Navy Drive.

Follow police directions

End: Double Tree Hotel, Arlington

Saturday, Aug. 20

Begin Double Tree Hotel, Arlington

1     Right  out of Double Tree Hotel onto Army Navy Drive

2     Left onto 12th Street South

3     Pass under Route 1 and turn left on Old Jeff Davis Highway (rough road)

4     Bear left at end of road onto Boundary Channel Drive and go under the highway (Do NOT go straight or make hard left turn; you will wind up on I-395)

5     Follow ¾ miles and then turn left into Pentagon North Parking (you will see the bikes) 

Staging: Pentagon North Parking; ride departs 6:45 a.m.

6     Right out of Pentagon North Parking onto Boundary Channel Drive

7     At end of Boundary Channel Drive, turn right onto I-395 N towards Washington

8     I-395 N into DC

9     Stay to left to take I-295 / Southeast Freeway toward Pennsylvania Avenue

10  Right exit right turn onto Pennsylvania Avenue

11  Left onto DC-295 N

12  Stay left to merge onto Baltimore-Washington Parkway toward Baltimore (depends on MTA route for next two lines)

Right exit onto I-895 N toward Baltimore Harbor Tunnel Thru-Way/ New York

Travel through Harbor Tunnel

13  Merge onto I-95 N toward New York

14  LEFT exit into Maryland House Rest Area (mile marker 83)

Stop: Maryland House Rest Area (fuel stop for smaller bikes) 

1     Exit Maryland House onto I-95 N toward Philadelphia / New York

2     Right exit onto I-295 N toward New Jersey Turnpike / Delaware Memorial Bridge / NY

3     Right exit onto SR-9 S / New Castle Ave.

4     Right at first light into Mike’s Famous Harley Davidson (Get fuel on SR-9 / New Castle Ave. before entering Mike’s)   

Stop: Mike’s Famous Harley Davidson (Lunch)

Typically depart 1:00pm  This year 1:15-1:30pm

1     Exit Mike’s Famous Harley Davidson

2     Turn left on SR-9 / New Castle Ave.

3     Right exit onto I-295 N toward Delaware Memorial Bridge

4     Cross Delaware Memorial Bridge into New Jersey

5     Follow signs for I-295 N  (right lanes for US-130 N / Penns Grove, then left exit for 295)

6     Stay on I-295 N for approximately 53 miles

7     Exit 57 onto US-130 N / US-206 N / Bordentown

8     Take Rt. 130 North

9     At mile post 67 (Aprox. 10 miles off 295) make a slight right onto Rt 33

Bear off to the Right at Rt 33 (Mercer St.) in Hightstown

Follow Rt 33 through the town and back onto Rt 130 heading North.

10  From there travel on Rt. 130 to Rt.1 North

11  Merge onto US-1 N toward Newark (Becomes US-1/9 N)

12  Stay on US-1 N / US-1/9 N for approximately 16 miles

13  Turn right into Home Depot Shopping Center

(Fuel before or after shopping center if you need to – bigger bikes can make it into and out of NYC without fueling)  

Stop: Home Depot Shopping Center, Linden, New Jersey

1     Right out of Home Depot Shopping Center onto US-1/9 N

2     Bear left onto US-1/9 EXPRESS LANES toward New York

3     Continue to follow signs for US-1/9 – PULASKI SKYWAY

4     US-1/9 N becomes NJ-139E, then 12th Street, then Boyle Plaza – keep following signs for HOLLAND TUNNEL

5     Travel through Holland Tunnel into New York City

6     Proceed NORTH on West Street / West Side Highway / RT 9A N

7     West Side Highway turns into 12th Street

8     Turn Right onto 52th Street

9  Follow Directions at 7th Avenue

10  Sheraton Hotel will be on your left after crossing 53rd Street

11  Look for people directing you to parking on side streets

End: Sheraton New York Hotel, New York, New York   

Sunday, Aug. 21 

Line up no earlier then 7:30am on 7th Avenue and 50th 

Departure 845am(ish) 14 

We will use two lanes on 7th Ave,

Group will be led to the World Trade Center site for the ceremony and wreath-laying.

We believe this will be by 12th Street to lower Manhattan