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National Bikers Roundup backs up traffic for miles in Darlington

Source: Sheriff Wayne Byrd on Twitter Source: Sheriff Wayne Byrd on Twitter
"traffic backed up for miles in both directions waiting to enter the NRB on SC 151." -Sheriff Byrd on Twitter "traffic backed up for miles in both directions waiting to enter the NRB on SC 151." -Sheriff Byrd on Twitter

DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) – Traffic was backed up for miles in Darlington on Wednesday, the first day of the National Bikers Roundup, according to Sheriff Wayne Byrd.

At about 6:10 a.m., Sheriff Byrd tweeted: “traffic backed up for miles in both directions waiting to enter the NRB on SC 151.”

As of 7:16 a.m., there was still a “huge backup” on the east side of the Drag Strip on SC-151, with just one lane open, according to Sheriff Byrd. Two lanes of traffic were moving on the west side.

Up to 60,000 people are expected to attend the National Bikers Roundup In Darlington, taking place from August 5 to 9 at the Darlington Dragway.

South Carolina Highway Patrol set up a traffic pattern along Highway 151. Event traffic is directed into the right lane going westbound or left lane going eastbound. That helps keep local traffic moving, however, Captain Jo Nell still recommends locals find an alternate route if possible.

Bikers who came in with their campers in the morning said the process went smoother than they've experienced at past National Bikers Roundups.

"I'd say maybe 30-45 minutes tops," Ricardo Braggs said in reference to how long it took him to get through the line. "Real simple, real smooth."

Braggs also said the National Bikers Roundup isn't usually crime-ridden.

"This is a riff-raff-free event," he said. "Everyone pretty much polices their own."

The Darlington County Sheriff's Office set up an emergency operations center across the street from the entrance to the event Wednesday. That will remain open until Sunday.

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