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Witch Ride motorcycle run forces Sunday road closures in Salem

Posted by Ryan Mooney  October 19, 2012 12:28 PM

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The 24th annual Witch Ride motorcycle run to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association returns to Salem this weekend, forcing some minor traffic changes downtown.

The event was postponed last Sunday due to inclement weather, but forecasts for this Sunday indicate clear skies, and more than 2,000 men and women in costume on steel hogs jaunting up the North Shore.

From noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday there will be no parking allowed on Derby Street, from Lafayette Street to Congress Street, or on Congress Street, from Harbor Street to Derby Street.

Derby Street, between Lafayette and Congress, will be closed to vehicle traffic during this time.

The run departs from Boston Harley-Davidson on Route 16 in Everett on Sunday at 1 p.m., and is expected to arrive in Salem sometime between 2 and 3 p.m. The riders will enter Salem from Marblehead on Lafayette Street, proceed to the downtown area, turn right onto Derby Street, and right onto Congress Street. The run ends at Shetland Park.

A spokesperson with the Marblehead police said that there will be no full road closures, but temporary delays as the riders cut through town by way of Humphrey Street, Maple Street and Lafayette Street.

City officials are expecting the event to add to the traffic woes in Salem that plague residents throughout October during the city's annual Haunted Happenings, a month-long celebration of everything Halloween, and advise anyone planning to drive through downtown to adjust travel plans accordingly.

Ryan Mooney can be reached at globe.mooney@yahoo.com. Follow him on Twitter @mooney_ryan.

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