HUNTSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT
815 Wheeler Avenue Huntsville, Alabama 35801
Chief of Police
|Dr. Harry Hobbs|
Communications Relations Officer
20th Annual Trail of Tears Motorcycle Ride
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Huntsville, Alabama (September 19, 2013) The 20th Annual Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride will travel through Madison County on Saturday, September 21, 2013. The ride will enter Madison County on Highway 72 East at Gurley between 9:20 and 9:40 AM and continue west into Huntsville between 9:35 and 10:00 AM. The ride will travel onto I-565 and continue westbound until it exits I-565 at exit 15 and travels into the U.S. Space and Rocket Center between 10:00 and 10:25. The ride will remain at the Space and Rocket Center for approximately one hour until it leaves to continue west on I-565 at 11:30 AM. The ride will stay on I-565 west and take exit 2 and travel north on Mooresville Road to Highway 72 West. It will then turn left and travel west to Athens and on to Florence and Waterloo.
Stopping at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center is a major change in the route that will affect traffic along westbound I-565, and eastbound I-565 traffic in the area of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. Traffic on the off ramps from I-565, Sparkman Drive, western Bob Wallace Avenue and Old Madison Pike will be slow and congested with detours on the listed roadways. The detours will end once the ride is in the Space and Rocket Center, but they will be back into effect when the ride leaves.
Persons traveling west out of Huntsville on I-565 should plan to leave earlier than usual because westbound on ramps and off ramps on I-565 up to, and including, exit 2 will be closed as the ride progresses westward.
The Huntsville Police Department will be coordinating the ride and working with the Alabama State Troopers, Jackson County Sheriff's Department, Scottsboro Police Department, Madison County Sheriff's Department, Madison Police Department, Limestone County Sheriff's Department, Athens Police Department, Florence Police Department, HEMSI and local fire departments as the ride approaches, travels through and exits Huntsville.