Nick McWilliams reporting – Motorists can expect a short closure on U.S. 250 eastbound Friday.

The Freedom Wall Memorial will be escorted by a group from the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization down the highway.

Ohio Department of Transportation District 11 Public Information Officer Lauren Borell says that a large number of participants prompted the move.

“There’s an organization with the VFW that’s having a motorcycle ride to escort the Freedom Wall to the Harrison County Fairgrounds. Part of that group is about 2-300 motorcyclists, and the reason for the closure is the safety of the motorcyclists when they move the escort.”

The escort will run from the Tappan Dam on U.S. 250 eastward to U.S. 22 to State Route 9, before finishing at Sally Buffalo Park.

Only U.S. 250 will be closed on the eastbound side, allowing all riders to stay together.

“The closure is going to last as long as it takes for us to get 2-300 motorcycles out onto U.S. 250. Once all of the motorcycles are out there, we will reopen the road.”

The Ohio State Highway Patrol and ODOT will handle the lane closure.

Although there is no definitive closure time, the process is expected to take no more than an hour.

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