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Reminder: Major Road Closures for Motorcycle Ride

by ARLnow.com August 19, 2011 at 9:20 am 12,677 164 Comments

Update at 11:55 a.m. — Virginia State Police have issued a brief statement about the road closures: “Please be advised that the roads that will be temporarily closed for the 9/11 Memorial Ride will only be shut down for the duration of time it takes for the riders to proceed through safely. Once the last rider has cleared that particular section of the road, it will be re-opened to the motoring public.”

As a reminder, several major highways in Virginia will be shut down this afternoon to accommodate more than 1,800 motorcyclists participating in the America’s 9/11 Foundation Memorial Ride.

Among the highways expected to be shut down in Arlington during the ride this afternoon are eastbound I-66 and Route 110. The bikers’ ultimate destination is the Double Tree Hotel in Pentagon City, where they will be holding a street fair with a performance by country music artist Aaron Tippin from 6:30 to 9:30 tonight.

To accommodate the street fair, Army Navy Drive will be closed today between 12th Street S. and S. Fern Street, from 9:30 a.m. to midnight.

Here’s the press release from Virginia State Police describing the event and some of the closures.

Those living, working and traveling through the Northern Virginia region on the afternoon and evening of Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, are advised to begin preparing now for major road closures associated with a  Sept. 11, 2001, motorcycle tribute procession.

This year’s America’s 9/11 Foundation, Inc., event is anticipated to have its largest turnout ever with over 1,800 motorcyclists expected to participate. The annual remembrance ride honors all who lost their lives in the September 11, 2001 attacks, aftermath and recovery. The ride travels from Somerset, Pennsylvania to the Pentagon, then to the site of the World Trade Center over a four-day period of time.

Once the riders exit the Dulles Toll Road, they proceed onto the Connector Road and enter Interstate 66. I-66 eastbound will be closed to traffic from the Capital Beltway to Route 110 southbound. No traffic will be allowed to access the on-ramps to I-66 east- bound between Fairfax and Arlington Counties. As a result, heavy traffic congestion and delays are expected on I-66 and I-495. A suggested detour route for travelers headed to the District is to take I-495 north to the George Washington Memorial Parkway or I-495 south to Route 50 east (Arlington Blvd.).

Once the riders reach Route 110 in Arlington, the Arlington County Police Department, Virginia State Police and partnering law enforcement agencies will escort the motorcycles into Crystal City. For more information about the ride through Arlington please visit http://www.arlingtonalert.com.

A police escort will accompany the 9/11 motorcycle riders throughout their entire route in Virginia to ensure the safety of all motorists. With major traffic congestion expected for the 911 Memorial Ride, motorists are strongly advised to prepare themselves for anticipated gridlock in the affected regions. Alternate plans are highly recommended and drivers are advised to be patient. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will have portable message boards alerting motorists to delays. Virginia maps are also available online through VDOT at www.virginiadot.org/travel/maps-state.asp.

For further information about the 9/11 memorial ride, you can visit the Foundation’s Website at www.americas911foundation.org.

The Virginia State Police, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Town of Leesburg Police, Dulles Greenway,  Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police (MWAA PD), Fairfax County Police, Arlington Police and Pentagon Force Protection Agency Police have been working together to coordinate a route that ensures the safety of the motorcyclists and general motoring public while attempting to minimize traffic congestion and delays.

  • TJ

    Leaving my Reston office at 11:00 AM today, because I’m not sure I’d make it back home to Arlington by 9:00 PM otherwise.

  • TGEoA

    I still don’t see why they have to block off roads for this. Rolling thunder manages to bring in thousands of bikes with no problems

    • Arlwhenever

      If they are traveling in pairs, spaced 50 feet apart, the procession would be about 9 miles long, and at 50 miles an hour take a little over ten minutes to pass by. Don’t see any reason for extended closure, and expect this will not be nearly as bad as people are expecting.

  • cyclist

    They should ride real bikes – bicycles. No noise, no pollution.

    • Stu Pendus

      How about you organize one, rather than trying to tell other people what to do.

      • cyclist

        Organizing my own ride won’t change theirs.

        • Stu Pendus

          Nor will telling them to change theirs on the internet. I guess that leaves you 0 for 2.

          • Toots

            +1

            Served!

          • Steve85

            Wow that was funny!!!!!

          • cyclist

            Nor will telling me to organize mine change anything either, so we’re still even.

          • Frank

            What are you? 12?

          • Toots

            Nope, not even close to even! Steve85 totally wins this one AND gets major props for making us laugh.

          • PikerShorts

            What did Steve85 say that was funny?

          • cyclist

            No. I feel like the only adult here, actually.

          • Toots

            Not being able to admit you were being hypocritical is pretty immature, actually. You were humorously called out on it and I quite enjoyed it. Watching your spiteful reaction made it all the more entertaining.

  • CW

    I cannot believe the authorities are shutting down the entire area for this. Are they being compensated by this group? 1800 participants…there are events that are a LOT bigger that they don’t shut down a thing for…I wonder how the local authorities decide what is “worthy” of this kind of attention.

    • ZoningVictim

      Right, like every sporting event that’s ever happened in the area, every concert, Friday nights, etc.; this is costing everyone who isn’t on the ride a lot of time and money. I realize they’d rather ride as a group, but that’s not hard to do on a major highway whether it’s shutdown or not. Shutting down all of 66 for these guys seems pretty unfair to the people who have to use that as a commuter route.

      • Not to mention those who pay taxes which funded the construction, and fund the maintenance, of that road.

    • ArlResident

      Let’s not remember what this is in remebrance of. Thousands of people lost their lives. It’s one day, a few hours.. deal with it.

      • Complaint

        But, do they couldn’t figure out another event or theme?! How long do they plan to block it up for?! I have a plane to catch and the roads are blocked…I’m trying to find out when they end it but this article wrote” until the last m….” seriouslyyyyyyy =_____=
        VERY INCONVENIENT .

        They should have done fire lanterns instead. Similar to the lanterns in the movie Tangled.

  • Ali

    Can’t get out of work early. Still debating which way to get home because basically any route is going to be horrible with 66 and 110 closed. Who thought rush hour on a Friday was a good time for anything?

    • SaveDaveMcKenna

      It’s really too bad there isn’t an NFL exhibition game at RalJon tonight.

      • charlie

        RalJon is no more, btw.
        it is now Landover, once again.

  • KArlington

    The August 19th Remembrance Ride? There must be some reason this is today and not actually proximate to the 11th of September…

    • CW

      Attention, and their craving thereof.

      “Hmm, how can we use our summer vacations and get an excuse to ride our motorcycles with a police escort wherever the hell we want? Oh, I know, let’s just tie it to a national day of mourning and remembrance a month away. That will do.”

  • Lou

    I had to drive through the 50-Gallows conflagration on 495 yesterday. If I was State Police I would not be advising that as an alternate route in the same sentence as the GW Parkway option. Send people to the Parkway to get to DC, let anybody who thinks 50 is a good alternate use that on their own.

    • charlie

      in afternoon the GW parkway eastbound is no treat. it is usually stopped from Spout Run to 14th Street Bridge.

      • BerryBerryCold

        What’s east and west on a road that goes north and south?

        • charlie

          i’ll go with the park service directions, thank you, berryberryberrycolder

          • charlie

            i think it is all a matter of where you are starting/stopping.
            The GW Parkway is literally N/S from Mount Vernon to Roosevelt Bridge, I would guestimate. from their to 495 it is east and, I would actually argue, North.

            this image from 14th street bridge aka George Mason Memorial Bridge

          • Steve85

            A.K.A nobody says George Mason Memorial Bridge anymore. Its 2011. No need to include any Civil War people anymore

          • Aaron

            C’mon kid, you’re becoming a parody of yourself. George Mason was one of our nation’s founding fathers. War of Independence, not the Civil War, you ignorant fool.

          • charlie

            no one calls it Custis Memorial Parkway either.
            or Rochembeau Bridge
            or Long Bridge

            i was just trying to be pithy and witty. sort to get at your pith.

          • Steve85

            Aaron I hope you call your family members(mother, father,kids) and friends an “ignorant fool” when they make a mistake. That was truely unnecessary. Or maybe your just showing how ignorant you are

          • kc

            Ironic you calling out Aaron after having criticized a misspelling I made recently. Karma? Oh, it’s you’re in this context, not your.

  • JamesE

    I work in McLean am I screwed? I always take Westmoreland to Washington back to Ballston not 66 so hopefully it isn’t jammed.

    • TGEoA

      Should be fine. You could also take Old Dominion Dr to Glebe.

      • JamesE

        I avoid that way because of the light at lee and glebe, so terrible.

        • charlie

          take old dominion to lee
          or take 26th street over to military.

          • cyclist

            I’ll be riding home without a hint of traffic congestion, as usual. Maybe I’ll see them on 66 as a ride over it though.

      • SaveDaveMcKenna

        OldDo to Glebe should be fun today with everyone rerouting and locals making left turns on a two land road. Leave early.

    • Bluemontsince1961

      I work just up the road from you across from Tysons II Galleria. I plan to either go down International Dr. past Spring Hill under 267 to Old Dominion and then Old Dominion into Arlington or take International Dr. the other way across 123, across Rt.7 and go down Gallows to Idylewood and take Idylewood across Rt. 7 until I get to Great Falls St. then Great Falls into Falls Church & then Arlington.

      Convoluted but I can hopefully avoid the worst of any spillovers…will also probably leave my office early, they offered us liberal leave or make up the time during the current pay period.

    • Lou

      You may want to try Great Falls, it really depends on where in McLean you are starting.

    • Bluemontsince1961

      @JamesE,

      I work across from Tysons II. You may want to try taking International under 267 (It changes names to Spring Hill Road) and then take Spring Hill over to Old Dominion and hang a right on Old Dominion. That should get you back to Arlington without too much trouble.

      TJ below provided a link (http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0l1G6LnJTgO2Zib9dVk7Je7YkprOmDkmP)
      that tracks their progress so maybe that can help you time your departure from work before the backups begin.

  • Pedro

    LET’S ALL RIDE OUR HARLEYS AND SNARL UP TRAFFIC UP AND DOWN THE EAST COAST TO HONOR OUR 9/11 HEROES.

    D-bags. I think South Park covered this phenomena.

    http://www.southparkstudios.com/episodes/251889/

    • JamesE

      I am going to redline 1st gear all the way down fairfax dr.

      • Bluemontsince1961

        That’s pretty good, JamesE.

    • David

      Pedro,
      All of you need to quit bitching;Do you whine when the drive thru lines at Taco bell are long. Imagine the traffic you would cause riding your Donkeys up and down the East coast honoring your heroes that were sent back from Homeland Security.

  • Ha ha ha ha ha! I am spending the day and evening in the outer burbs!

    • Bluemontsince1961

      Wise man, OB!

  • Soarlslacker

    Honoring the 9/11 victims by screwing traffic in NoVa is moronic. Did they give a moment of consideration to all the folks who work at the Pentagon who will have a difficult time leaving work and going home by car?

    • ArlResident

      deal with it.. its for one day… quit the boohooing

  • eyesofarl

    Stop Crying!! Deal with it!! They are also riding to New York, bet you the people up there don’t cry about it. Pathetic.

    • charlie

      NYC also has a zillion different routes. I-66 is the only efficient route to move traffic east/west in Northern Virginia.

      • Aaron

        I was crossing the Bronx one day last summer when a motorcyle group at least 300 strong rolled through without any police escort or official road closures. They simply blocked off intersections wherever they felt like, including Interstate on-ramps and off-ramps. I don’t know where they were going but they were efficient about it, and as eyseofarl said, I didn’t see any whining in the local media about it, but then again, NYC isn’t exactly a city of whiners, unlike the timid souls of ArlCo.

        • cyclist

          Try that with bicycles though, and New Yorkers will want to call in the National Guard.

          • charlie

            the five borough bike ride is phenomenal succesful — 30,000 bikers this year.

        • JamesE

          NYCer’s don’t whine, they are just obnoxious a-holes no one likes. They also like to point out how everything is better there, even doritos from a 7-11.

        • right, but…

          That’s the problem… there weren’t any road closures needed. This issues isn’t that there’s a bunch of bikers that want to ride together. It’s that they decided to make it so that they have an escort and a closure and said because they want to stay together, no one else is allowed on the road. That’s what’s happening here and that’s why everyone’s upset. If this ride was set up like that ride, the ‘crying’ you speak of wouldn’t be happening. (Ok, let’s be honest someone will always b*tch about SOMETHING, but it wouldn’t be the same arguments stated here…)

          • charlie

            the police provide escorts sometimes as much to protect what they are escorting as to protect everyone else.
            it is safer to have these guys escorted for 15 minutes than to have all the soccer moms, cell phone jerks, and others competing for space on the road.
            it is better for everyone.

  • TJ
    • Lou

      Cool, thanks.

    • Bluemontsince1961

      @TJ,

      Thanks! That’ll be a big help for me to time leaving my office at Tysons early before the mess. Much appreciated.

      • TJ

        Of course, where they are really doesn’t matter, since we know they’re closing inbound 66 at 2:00. That’s when things will get …. complicated.

        • Bluemontsince1961

          Yep, it’ll be “interesting”. I already planned to take an alternate route to avoid going near I-66, but I’m fortunate that where I work I have alternate route to avoid 66, and our management gave us liberal leave to depart early or leave early and make up the time during the rest of the pay period. Many folks don’t have those options.

        • Real World Economics

          Not true… As the update indicates, and based on personal experience with motorcade escorts and the like, they are not going to arbitrarily shut EB 66 down at 2 PM. They will allow traffic to continue to flow normally until the procession reaches them. The PD motor units will sent out-riders slightly ahead of the procession to block the on-ramps, which will allow traffic to clear out in front of them. Once the end of the procession passes any given ramp, it will ber reopened and traffic will be allowed to enter the road, but likely will not be allowed to pass the moving procession.

  • Jason

    This is ridiculous that the city is permitting this to happen on a Friday during rush hour and during the summer time. Are these people nuts? Like our traffic isn’t horrible enough at that time. What a disgrace! Can’t these people do this on a Saturday or Sunday? But no…I have to suffer the traffic nightmare because of these clowns.

    • Bluemontsince1961

      Careful, eyesofearl above won’t like what you said. Remember, we’re just “stop crying and deal with it”. -:)

      • CW

        Yeah, this is ‘merica. They’re ridin’ them harleys and gonna get to them gun raffles and they’ll be got durned if them cryin’ pinko commie libs care about them shuttin down their roads.

        • SomeGuy

          CW, I actually silently agreed with your statement earlier today about how ridiculous this road shutdown is. But please don’t make this a conservative/liberal issue. That sh*t gets old.

          It’s really just an issue of one group inconveniencing another. And in this case, I think most of us are on the side of the inconvenienced.

          I think this road shutdown is foolish, as many on here have stated.

          • CW

            Ok fair enough, I won’t make any sweeping generalizations about the political leaning of the bikers. But if you could go do a straw poll tonight and see where they stand on some issues, that would be great. A count of the number of “Don’t Tread on Me” flags would also suffice.

    • Flipper

      I agree, Saturday or Sunday like Rolling Thunder but not on a Friday when people that work have to get home. How about folks that are traveling and have no clue this is closing down I-66. It’s truly unbelievable.

  • Lacey Forest

    Are they going to pay toll on the toll road? Why should they get a free trip?

    • Jason

      Haha! Good point.

    • Steve85

      Yeah 1800 bikes =$3,600 for Dulles toll road. I never been on the Greenway before. I’m sure Billy Bob McDonnell won’t let them pay. That money can go toward the silver line construction. Hopefully Robert will make the right decision

      • charlie

        ummm that is JUST the tollroad.

        add $4.45 for the Greenway.

        • Steve85

          Wow I didn’t know that the Greenway cost that much!

          • charlie

            Yep. It is $13.00 a day if you commute from Leesburg to Tysons. That is probably twice your hourly wage steve85. 🙂
            and that is why ROute 7 is stilil packed with traffic from Tysons to Leesburg.

          • Steve85

            Good one Charlie!!!

          • Captain Obvious

            Have you never been out that far?

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  • Grateful

    “A picture is worth a thousand words.”

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  • CarsSuck

    I really doubt it will be as “horrible” as everyones hyping it up to be. Just like the carmageddon quagmire that happened in LA. Way over hyped. Just plan ahead and know more then 1 way home, not just %-66, and quiit crying like a bunch of tools.

  • ArlingtonGirl

    Wow – what a bunch of complainers I live with here in Arlington –

    • charlie

      are you the pot or the kettle?

      • ArlingtonGirl

        I have NO problem with them closing 66 for the 9/11 Tribute Ride –

        • You probably don’t need to be anywhere near I66.

          • ArlingtonGirl

            As a matter of fact – I live right near 66 and Lee Hwy and found alternate routes to take and didn’t sit here and complain like I see much of the residents of Arlington did!

        • charlie

          right, but you are complaining about the complainers. see the irony?
          probably not, but at least i feel better.

          • ArlingtonGirl

            Just saying there are a lot of negative close-minded residents in Arlington who complain on just about article that is posted on this site. Believe me , there are more things in Arlington to complain about than having 66 closed down for the 9/11 Ride!

    • Squidward Tenticles

      Hey Ms. Arlington Girl come down to Bikini Bottom and chill out with the real men who don’t wear pampers

      • ArlingtonGirl

        +10 🙂

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  • TJ

    Just got home from Reston and the overhead signboards on 66 E say it will be closed from 2-7. Not sure why I was led to believe it was 2-4…anyway, glad I’m home.

    • Lacey Forest

      I got on it from eastbound route 7 at just a few minutes after 4 with no problem. In fact, it was a great commute to Washington Blvd. as there was little traffic from outside the beltway reaching that far in yet.

  • Frank

    I think you’ll find it will be much ado about nothing – but too many of you regular posters would find something to whine and complain about anyway. Noone could do it better than you could, no one is smarter, or would run any event better, or can spend the govenment’s money better.

    So often all I see on here are snippy comments about just about everyone who is trying to do a good thing – whether they do it perfectly or not, some of you have something to complain about – but few of you spend one minute of your time actually doing anything for the good of someone or something else.

    For once, just once, stop complaining about something that inconveniences you for such a short period of your life and allow others the opportunity to feel that the work they do on behalf of other is valued and not criticized. You may not agree with how they are raising money, you may not agree with the timing; but know that a lot of planning went into this event – and many others, and just because they wanted it a certain way, doesn’t mean they got it. There must be a reason that it’s today, it’s at the time that it is, and this method of getting them to where they are going was chosen. It isn’t just because they wanted it.

    Just for once – have some praise for people trying to make a difference and thank them and the others who take time to honor others and work on behalf of others – and be glad it wasn’t you who lost someone at the Pentagon, in Pennsylvania or New York.

    • TJ

      Frank, nice words, but I am curious.

      Have you ever taken this “reverse commute” from the Dulles Corridor into Arlington. I think if you knew how much traffic uses that road from 2-7 PM, you’d rethink your “much ado about nothing comment”.

      I’m not complaining, as I made other arrangements to avoid this situation, but I can tell you, this will not be an insignificant traffic problem.

      • Bluemontsince1961

        @TJ, I agree – it will be a significant traffic problem. I do that reverse commute every day. One minor accident alone makes it a hot mess. Especially of the accident is on the Beltway, it backs up down 267 to the Spring Hill toll plaza and beyond.

      • Frank

        It’s one day out of your life. Just one day. And yes, I take that route every single day. As I sit in my car, I’ll be glad it wasn’t me that lost someone.

        • Evil

          “As I sit in my car, I’ll be glad it wasn’t me that lost someone.”

          Very well put Frank! Maybe people will focus on that instead of the inconvenience this one event is causing them.
          How quickly we forget the “inconvenience” that was 911

          • jack

            It’s annoying how all the events of that day have been boiled down to “911” like that. Put it on a patch, put it on a bumper sticker, ride around closed highways wearing them.

          • whatev

            I can be glad I didn’t lose someone and still think a giant motorcyle party on a Friday isn’t the best way to honor the dead.

    • Hey, Frank

      Many of us in the DC area were here on 9/11, dealing with the commotion and for some even seeing coworkers or loved ones killed.

      Why should we endure a major inconvenience so a bunch of motorcyclists from outside the region can have an entire highway to themselves?

      That’s what galls me–that they insisted on having no other traffic. I can’t believe VDOT went along with the VSP on this. These riders would not have been in any danger riding as a group in the righthand lane. At least not in any more danger than one normally is riding on a motorcycle. And they chose to do this on motorcycles.

      • Frank

        Sometimes decisions are made that you don’t understand.

    • SomeGuy

      Frank, I haven’t seen anyone here deny that the ride is well-intentioned. They also aren’t denying that a lot of planning went into it.

      Rather, the consensus seems to be that this event could have been organized just as effectively– and perhaps even more effectively– WITHOUT causing such a great impact to the people who call this area home. But it wasn’t.

      Complaints here won’t change it this time around, but future planners for this charity should really give consideration to how much goodwill they’re squandering by imposing this on the locals.

      • Bluemontsince1961

        @SomeGuy – “future planners for this charity should really give consideration to how much goodwill they’re squandering by imposing this on the locals.”

        I think that is the point many people are trying to make on this thread. I believe most people in Arlington applaud remembering those that died on 9/11, whether the victims of evil or the firefighters and police that died trying to save people. If I am correctly reading the sense of responses on this thread, it is more the timing of this event on Friday afternoon at rush hour that is causing heartburn. I don’t recall Rolling Thunder last Memorial Day generating as much upset.

        • charlie

          oh there was a good share of bile going around arlnow related to rolling thunder and the noise.

          but this has been worse because it impacts people and, as to be expected, it is all about ME.

          • SomeGuy

            charlie, I won’t be negatively affected by this ride at all. I might even go check out Aaron Tippin’s performance for a song or two.

            So to be clear, it’s not “about ME.” It’s about recognizing impacts to the broader community even when I’m not directly affected by them.

    • Funny

      I think I won’t. Poor planning, poor timing, poor excuse.

  • jack

    Darn straight! Take a moment of silence as you eat your BBQ and beer and listen to the musical stylings of Aaron Tippen and wait for the raffle drawing for the gun.

    • Bibbs

      I think it was Aaron Tippin who robbed the bank the other day:

  • charlie

    here they come

  • Evil

    Let’s gain some perspective people… traffic in this area sucks, regardless. Anytime there is a major event in this area (football game, hockey game, concert, blizzard, etc) traffic gets significantly worse… and yes, they don’t shut down major roadways to accomodate said events.
    So maybe, JUST MAYBE, whoever planned this thought “Hey, if we briefly shut down the roadways, let these ~3000 bikers get through quickly, then possibly there will be minimal, negative impact on rush hour traffic.”

    Add 3000 bikers to your rush hour commute and then see what you think.

    Before we start b*tching and complaining about what might happen… let’s see what ACTUALLY happens. Maybe it will be better than we expect… lord knows it certainly can’t get much worse in this area

    • Frank

      Thank you. A rolling roadblock tends to have far less impact than all the “Chicken Littles” posting here may think.

    • Aaron

      Agreed! Now we Chicken Littles can go back to complaining about how all the noise will hurt the children’s ears and how raffled guns will cause rampant bloodshed in the street.

      • charlie

        what?

        • Richard Cranium

          Six, of course. No, wait, I meant Dr. Pepper. There, is it all clear now?

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  • Pablo Escobar

    Dear America’s 911 Foundation

    First off, your choice of a rainy (potentially – let’s keep those fingers crossed) Friday afternoon to take 1,799 of your best friends on a commemorative ride through the already traffic-snarled megalopolis that is the DC metro area is, and this isn’t an exaggeration, the smartest idea ever conceived by the president of a 403b in the history of the universe. Each and every one of those harried commuters will undoubtedly be saluting your police-escorted motorcade as their normally hour-long commute stretches into two, or even three. Those same individuals will almost certainly make contributions to your organization as soon as they get home from picking up their kids late and missing dinner with their wives.

    With that out of the way, I would also like to commend your timing for this commemorative ride. Three weeks before the actual memorial date is the perfect time to remind everyone in DC that 9/11, an admittedly tough to remember date, is right around the corner. Much like Christmas signs at Macy’s in October, you sir are paving the way for a new era of mourning.

    My sincerest thanks!

    • Clarendon Resident

      Best. Post. Ever.

  • philanthropy now!

    According to their website they collected/donated 150K in 6 years thats 25K a year. Hmm and the tolls they skip through alone woud cost almost half of that.

  • Dumb

    Can anyone explain the deal with motorcycles and honoring America? It completely baffles me. Most of those people are just doing it to ride…it could be to honor Kim Kardashian and people would still do it. We could hold a rally on the Mall with 10x the amount of people that are coming through here today and no one would bat an eye. Go ride 911 miles out in New Mexico where you have some room to operate.

    If people in NOVA knew about this plan a few months ago, we could have probably donated more money for them NOT to ride.

  • CarsSuck

    Oh Lord, help us all! The procession is approaching the connector rd to I-66 right now. The end of the world is upon us, show mercy on our souls!

    • Lou

      At the pace they’re going this whole thing is going to be over in about half an hour without hardly anyone noticing.

  • FormerArlResident

    I have never seen such a bunch of whining, complaining, people in my entire life!! It was one day, for just a couple hours. Let’s not forget all the thousands of people who lost their lives on 9/11.
    Make other plans and deal with it. Good grief. I’m glad I moved out of snobby Arlington where everyone thinks they are better than everyone else.

    • Observer

      We are better than anyone else. Ha.

    • ArlingtonGirl

      +100

  • redneck jamboree

    it’s the redneck party dressed up as patriotism that most people object to.

    • Lou

      Rednecks can’t be patriotic?

      • CarsSuck

        rednecks are some of the most patriotic people you’ll ever meet!

  • westcoastgirl

    i’m in the courthouse area near 66, and I can hear them passing right now. lots of motorcycles, sirens, and police whistles.

  • CrystalMikey

    Huge flag on a crane is deployed outside the Doubletree in Crystal City. Awesome site. =)

  • ArlingtonNative

    It’s impact on traffic in the area has been a non-event. No major backups, no stranded motorists living in their cars for hours on end. Front to back of the procession cleared points on the DTR in 17-minutes.
    Everyone go back to your regularly scheduled [email protected] and whining!

    • Arlington resident

      What’s a DTR?

      • ArlingtonNative

        Dulles Toll Road

    • ArlingtonGal82

      The reason there were no problems was because the authorities did a fairly good job at alerting companies and commuters who might be effected. All federal employees who work along that route were told by their HR dept to treat today like a “snow day” and work from home if possible. Even my private govcon company told its employees in Arlington and DC to telecommute. No one was in my office most people were remote today….so for all the folks saying that it was a non-issue, it’s only because like 2/3 of the commuters were off the road.

  • Arlington resident

    From one Arlington resident to another – let’s do everything we can to keep this ride from ever happening again.

    Memory of 9/11 is not about bikers, gun auctions, and beer.

    Contact your elected officials and the police and let them know our distaste for this ride and the problems it causes our community.

    • KalashniKEV

      Where’s the Gun Auction and Beer??!??!!

      I might have to change my weekend plans!

      • Arlington resident

        At the Pentagon

    • ArlingtonNative

      Yeah – we’ll get right on that.
      Maybe you can assist by recounting for us the tragic suffering this event has inflicted upon you!

      My guess is you never left your office/home and/or computer.

      • Stu Pendus

        This thread has been hilarious, seeing at all the whining from the keyboard jockeys on their boss’s time about how it was going to cause them traffic nightmares. Meanwhile, it is already passed through before rush hour even started. GBTW slackers.

        • charlie

          don’t assume we all have jobs, thnk you.

      • Arlington resident

        Yeah – In case you did not hear, gun at raffle donated by Smith and Wesson. Beer with BBQ. Check out Pentagon parking lot. Not a way to honor 9/11.

        You are right, I would not leave my Arlington home or office to watch you guys on this ride.

    • Neighbor

      And it’s not not about those things either.

    • ArlingtonGirl

      Maybe you should go and read what the purpose of this ride is all about before YOU start judging people…

      • ArlingtonGirl

        sorry – my previous comment was for Arlington Native…

        • ArlingtonGirl

          (resident)

          • ArlingtonNative

            Comments to ArlingtonGirl withdrawn as her’s were intended for ArlingtonResident … not Native.
            Ya’ll have fun whining, I’m going to happy hour.
            Slainte!

          • ArlingtonGirl

            Maybe I will come join you – lol

        • ArlingtonNative

          So then maybe you can explain your comment?
          a) I asked ArlingtonResident to tell us how today’s event impacted him/her in such a negative manner
          b) made a guess that in all probability, it had not.

          Where is the “judging” in that, please?

  • charlie

    we survived on 66 west of ballston

  • NativeArlingtonResidentGrl

    I agree with the last comment!

  • ArlingtonGal82

    The reason there were no problems was because the authorities did a fairly good job at alerting companies and commuters who might be effected. All federal employees who work along that route were told by their HR dept to treat today like a “snow day” and work from home if possible. Even my private govcon company told its employees in Arlington and DC to telecommute. No one was in my office most people were remote today….so for all the folks saying that it was a non-issue, it’s only because like 2/3 of the commuters were off the road.

    • Frank

      Yes – and on vacation like they are every August when traffic is so much lighter than the first day after Labor Day weekend. UGH.

      Seeing as I made it home in record time – I’d say not a big deal at all…but facts don’t matter to people who just like to criticize without actually knowing what they’re talking about..

  • Arlington resident

    I don’t want these people in Arlington. They are not the nice people.

  • Rachel

    Does anyone know when the roads will be back open/if they’re clear now? I’m going out to Fairfax at 9 and don’t know if I should avoid 66 still!

    • charlie

      long over and done. problem is the weather.

  • billj

    worked from home today > *

  • I could accept closing I66 for 1000 motorcycle riders like this…

  • Squidward Tenticles

    Damn that’s funny!!

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