Heidi Underwood 540-387-5493
May 21, 2010
MOTORISTS SHOULD WATCH FOR CONGESTION ON INTERSTATE 81 MAY 26 - 28
SALEM - Motorist should be alert for possible congestion on Interstate 81 in southwest Virginia on May 26-28 as motorcyclists participate in the “Run for the Wall,” a motorcycle ride across America that ends at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. The ride is a coordinated effort made each year before the Memorial Day holiday to recognize the sacrifices and contributions made by America’s veterans.
A Virginia State Police motor squad will travel with the group across the Commonwealth to help get riders to their destination.
• Motorcyclists will be riding north on Interstate 81 from Bristol to Wytheville on Wednesday, May 26.
• Motorcyclists will ride north on Interstate 81 from Wytheville and then on Route 460 to Montvale on Thursday, May 27.
• Motorcyclists will travel north on I-81 to Washington, D.C. on Friday, May 28.
Changeable message boards will alert drivers in the region to use caution and watch for congestion. As drivers approach the area, they can listen to VDOT’s Highway Advisory Radio on 1620 AM, dial 511 or go to www.511Virginia.org for detailed traffic information.
Motorists should follow these safety tips for sharing the road with motorcyclists:
• Allow more following distance, three or four seconds, when following a motorcycle so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency. And don't tailgate. In dry conditions, motorcycles can stop more quickly than cars.
• Remember that motorcyclists are often hidden in a vehicle's blind spot or missed in a quick look due to their smaller size. Always make a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections.
• Allow a motorcyclist the full lane width. Although it may seem as though there is enough room in a traffic lane for both an automobile and a motorcycle, the motorcycle needs the full room to maneuver safely. Do not share the lane.
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