Armed Forces Freedom Ride to start in Hazel Dell

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Hundreds of motorcycles will be heading north out of Hazel Dell via Highway 99 and onto Interstate 205 this morning as part of a national salute to our armed forces.

The Washington-Oregon event, part of the second annual “National Armed Forces Freedom Ride,” begins at 11 a.m. at Columbia Harley-Davidson, 1314 N.E. 102nd St.

Highway and law-enforcement agencies are reminding motorists to expect heavy motorcycle traffic heading south on I-205 and Interstate 5, before the ride leaves I-5 at Exit 278 in Oregon. The ride, which supports military personnel, veterans, police, fire fighters and paramedics, will end at mid-afternoon in Albany, Ore.

Motorcycles can stop faster than cars, so drivers should leave extra room between their cars and the motorcycles in front of them, advises the Oregon State Police.