Fifteen miles long.
That is the expected length of 2,500 motorcycles and other vehicles that will be arriving in Washington County on Friday morning in remembrance of the lives lost in the terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, according to Maryland State Police.
America's 9/11 Ride is going from Somerset, Pa. to Arlington, Va., then on to New York, state police said in a news release.
The riders are expected to arrive in Cumberland, Md., about 8 a.m. Friday, then travel about 35 miles on eastbound Interstate 68 until it merges with Interstate 70 in Washington County, police said.
The group will continue east on I-70 and exit onto Md. 632 toward the Premium Outlets between 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. for lunch. The riders will depart at 1 p.m. using Md. 65 and then travel east on I-70 toward Frederick, police said.
Police are urging motorists traveling on eastbound I-68 and eastbound I-70 between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday to consider avoiding those routes.
Not only is the procession expected to be about 15 miles long, but with ramps blocked, access on or off I-68 and I-70 "will be extremely difficult, if not impossible," the release said.
In West Virginia, delays are expected in Morgan and Berkeley counties Friday as the group travels along I-70 east, according to news release from the West Virginia Division of Highways.
Delays are expected on U.S. 522 in Morgan County between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and the ramp off U.S. 522 to I-70 will be closed, the release said.
Delays are also anticipated on Interstate 81 in Berkeley County between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., the release said.
In Maryland, the State Highway Administration will also temporarily close the ramp from westbound I-70 onto U.S. 15/U.S. 340 in Frederick to allow the group access from eastbound I-70, the release said. Eastbound and westbound I-70 share the same ramp at that point.
Westbound I-70 motorists will be directed to the next exit at Alternate U.S. 40, state police said.
State police expect major delays on perpendicular routes like I-81 in Washington County, U.S. 15 north of Frederick, U.S. 522 in Hancock and U.S. 220 in Allegheny County as the procession travels along I-68, eastbound I-70 and southbound U.S. 15, police said.
On Saturday at 6:45 a.m., the riders will depart Arlington, Va., making their way to New York, state police said.
Motorists can plan ahead and use the new Maryland 511 traveler information system. Key travel information can be obtained by calling 511 or logging onto www.MD511.org.