Local authorities are warning motorist that the funeral procession for fallen Plymouth Township Officer Bradley Fox's burial at the Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Upper Makefield on Wednesday will cause traffic delays.
The procession will begin after mass at Epiphany of Our Lord Church on Walton Road in Plymouth Township at around noon. From there, the the trek toward Bucks County will begin.
The funeral procession, which is expected to be packed with 900 vehicles, will make its way toward the cemetery by using the eastbound turnpike, a portion of Route 1 in Middletown and I-95 in Lower Makefield Township, authorities said.
After moving off of the highways, the funeral will use a portion of the Newtown Bypass before turning right onto Lindenhurst Road. The route then takes the vehicles on Route 532. The procession will end at the Highland Road cemetery.
Delays can be expected on those roads between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., according to Newtown and Middletown police.
Highland Road, where the cemetery is located, could be facing additional closures during the burial ceremony.
The procession is expected to disrupt afternoon transportation for students at Council Rock North High School, Newtown Middle School, Newtown Elementary School and Goodnoe Elementary School, according to information released by the Council Rock School District.
“The funeral will undoubtedly cause an increase in traffic conditions throughout the area, so expect delays.” Newtown Township police said in a statement. The department also asked that motorist be patient and plan commutes accordingly.
The officer was shot while chasing an armed subject down in Plymouth last week. Fox’s K9 partner was injured in the incident and is expected to be present at Wednesday's funeral.
The man that shot Fox, Andrew Charles Thomas, 44, was found dead of a self-inflicted wound just feet away from the officer.
Fox, a William Tennent High School graduate, served two tours of duty in Iraq as a Marine and seven years of service at the Plymouth Police Department. He is survived by his expectant wife Lynsay and a young daughter.