A motorcycle convoy is expected to travel through Harford and Cecil counties on northbound I-95 Saturday morning as part of a 9/11 commemoration and victim's memorial ride that began in western Pennsylvania Friday.
The bikers, who are part of America's 9/11 Ride, hosted by America's 911 Foundation, Inc., are expected to make a refueling stop at the Maryland House near Aberdeen sometime around 9 a.m. Saturday, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority, which operates the interstate highway in Maryland.
MDTA said in a news release it has been advised by American's 911 Foundation that the ride will have as many as 2,500 participants, including motorcycles and support vehicles.
Police have estimated the convoy's length at up to 15 miles, according to The Associated Press. The convoy will have a police escort on its trip along I-95, according to MDTA.
The bikers began to gather Thursday in Somerset County, Pa., at the site of the crash of one of the four airliners hijacked by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2011.
They left Somerset Friday morning on a route taking them through Cumberland, Frederick and Leesburg, Va., and then on to the Pentagon, where another of the 9/11 hijacked airliners crashed.
The bikers will stay overnight Friday in the Washington, D.C., area.
Saturday morning around 6:45, the convoy is expected to depart the Pentagon and travel north to New York City to the World Trade Center 9/11 site.
The convoy is expected to arrive at the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel between 7:45 and 8:30, according to MDTA and from the tunnel will continue north on I-95 to the Maryland House.
According to MDTA, the convoy is expected to reach the Delaware state line around 10:30 Saturday. All times are approximate and will depend on weather and traffic conditions, the agency said.
Brief lane or on-ramp closures and traffic drags may be necessary for the safety of riders and other motorists, according to MDTA.
MDTA advises intending to travel northbound along I-895 or I-95 may wish to use alternate routes during the times the convoy is expected. Alternate routes for I-95 travelers include Route 40 or Route 1.
Overhead electronic message signs will display road closure or delay information. For free travel information call 511 or visit http://www.MD511.org.
To view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit http://www.mdta.maryland.gov.
For information on the ride or America's 911 Foundation, visit http://www.911ride.org.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun