ISP to Escort Project 9/11 Indianapolis

by Staff on April 8, 2011 · 1 comment

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Twin TowersIndianapolis Fire Department Firefighter/Paramedic Greg Hess began Project 9/11 Indianapolis early in 2010 as a grass roots effort to establish a permanent memorial dedicated to those killed in the collapse of the World Trade Center, the deliberate crash of commercial aircraft in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and the Pentagon. Two 22-foot-long I-beams from the World Trade Center have been donated to the memorial.

On Saturday, April 9, 2011, the I-beams will enter the State of Indiana on I-70 at the Ohio state line via semi-tractor trailer at approximately 12:00 p.m. (EST) escorted by the Indiana State Police.

The beams will be escorted off I-70 onto westbound US 40 for a ceremony in Richmond, Indiana, until 1:30 p.m. (EST). At the conclusion of the ceremony, Richmond Police Department will escort the beams northbound on US 27 to I-70.

The beams will continue westbound on I-70 escorted safely by the Indiana State Police to the Indiana War Memorial in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. There will be marked Indiana State Police vehicles in the front and rear of the semi-tractor trailer. Emergency lighting will be activated.

It has been estimated there will be approximately 2,000 to 5,000 civilian motorcycles assisting in the escort of the memorial I-beams. Because of safety concerns for the civilian riders, the enforcement personnel escorting the load, and the beams itself, the civilian escorts will immediately follow the marked police vehicles behind the load.

Indiana State Police personnel will not be responsible to escort the civilian motorcycle riders, but will have emergency vehicles with emergency lights activated behind the motorcycles to warn oncoming motorists.

As the escort travels westbound on I-70 through Wayne, Henry, Hancock, and Marion counties, the entrance ramps onto I-70 will be momentarily blocked by state police motorcycle units until the beams pass safely. Regular traffic on I-70 will not be re-routed, and there will be no closures of I-70 or any on ramps onto I-70 due to the escort. The beams are not overweight or oversize.

The escort will continue on I-70 from the north-split and exit on Pennsylvania Street. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and state police units will travel south on Pennsylvania Street to westbound Michigan Street to the Indiana War Memorial, 420 North Meridian Street. Arrival time is approximately 3:30 p.m. (EST).

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