Motorists traveling eastbound on the Dulles Toll Road and in the area around Washington Dulles International Airport from 2-6 p.m. on Friday, August 19, are advised of lane closures and traffic pattern changes being planned to accommodate the movement of a large procession of motorcycles through the region.
The America’s 9/11 Ride is expecting about 1,500 motorcyclists to participate in a ride from Shanksville, Pennsylvania, to the Pentagon then to New York City. On Friday, August 19, 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 Police Department, will put lane closures and temporary roadblocks in place to accommodate the movement of motorcycles and keep airport traffic flowing.
Traffic procedures during the motorcycle procession will include:
- Eastbound traffic leaving Dulles International Airport will have unimpeded access to the eastbound Dulles Airport Access Highway (all the way to I-495 and I-66) and Route 28 north and south, but not to the eastbound Dulles Toll Road. Access Highway traffic will share the road with the motorcycle procession east of Hunter Mill Road.
NOTE: Local exits prior to Route 7 in Tysons will not be available from the Access Highway. Route 28 or Route 7 are the recommended alternates.
- Traffic on Route 28 will not be able to exit to the eastbound Dulles Toll Road. Ramps to Dulles Airport and the Dulles Greenway will remain open.
- Eastbound Traffic from the Dulles Greenway will merge to one lane to join the eastbound Dulles Toll Road. The motorcycle procession will occupy the closed lane.
- The eastbound Dulles Toll Road will be divided in the center by cones. The two left lanes will be reserved for the motorcycle procession, while the two right lanes will be for local traffic.
- All westbound lanes and ramps of the Dulles Access Highway and Dulles Toll Road will operate normally.
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.
All eastbound traffic in the Dulles corridor should plan extra travel time and expect delays. The Airports Authority recognizes the inconvenience this will cause motorists, but remains focused on maintaining safe travel conditions for the motorcycles and regular Friday afternoon traffic. Construction-related lane closures will be suspended Friday afternoon to reduce potential traffic impacts. Updates for customers will be posted on Twitter at @Dulles_Airport and @Dulles_Toll_Rd.
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority operates Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, the Dulles Airport Access Highway and the Dulles Toll Road and also manages construction of the Silver Line project, a 23-mile extension of the Washington region’s Metrorail public transit system through Fairfax County and into Loudoun County, Virginia. More than 44 million passengers a year pass through the two airports. The Airports Authority generates more than 387,000 jobs in the National Capital Region.