2nd Street/Jackson Street Ramp Project to Begin April 15, 2020

Wilmington – The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announces the first project related to the I-95 corridor rehabilitation project will begin on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

This project will remove the existing I-95 southbound on-ramps and existing bridge structures for the 2nd Street and Jackson Street ramps and build a new ramp configuration for access to I-95 southbound.

Additional left turn lanes will also be added on Lancaster Avenue to Adams Street and 2nd Street to the new reconfigured on-ramp.

The 2nd Street on-ramp to I-95 southbound will close on Saturday, May 2, 2020, and will remain closed for the duration of the project. The Jackson Street on-ramp to I-95 southbound will close in August 2020.

There will be nighttime intermittent lane closures from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. Sunday to Friday, and road closures during certain phases of this construction. Traffic alerts and variable message boards will be posted to alert motorists of scheduled road closures.

The contractor for the nearly $20 million project is R.E. Pierson Construction, Inc., and is estimated to be completed by the end of 2020.

For more information on the I-95 Wilmington rehabilitation project visit de.gov/i95rehab.

VP Joe Biden Welcome Home Rally

A “welcome home” rally is scheduled from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Friday at the Chase Center on the Riverfront. The event is open to the public. The doors of the Chase Center will open at 1:00 p.m. The detour will start at 12:00pm through 4:00pm. The detour will be as follows:

Routes 12 and 49

From Justison Street

Turn right onto Beech Street

Turn right onto S Madison Street

Turn right onto S West Street

Back to regular route

Route 7

From Beech Street

Turn left onto Justison Street

Turn left onto S West Street

Turn left onto S. Madison Street


Below are the affected stops traveling to Downtown:




Alternate for all affected stops is JUHL – JUSTINSON ST @ HOLLINGSWORTH AVE

Below are the affected stops traveling to the Chase Center:




Alternate for all affected stops is JUHL – JUSTINSON ST @ HOLLINGSWORTH AVE 

No DART Bus Service on Thanksgiving Day; Regular Service Resumes on Friday

Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26, 2015 – DART statewide services, both fixed route and paratransit, will not operate on Thanksgiving Day. SEPTA Wilmington/Newark Line will operate on Thanksgiving Day with service to Claymont and Wilmington, operating on the Holiday Schedule which is the same as their normal Saturday/Sunday schedule. DART’s Transportation Store at the Wilmington Station will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Train passengers are encouraged to purchase their train fares in advance. The On-Board fare can also be paid on the train, and a credit for the difference can be received at a Philadelphia SEPTA ticket counter.

Day After Thanksgiving, Friday, November 27, 2015 – DART will operate regular service on both fixed route and paratransit. SEPTA Wilmington/Newark Line will also operate regular service. The Delaware Transit Corporation, a subsidiary of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), operates DART First State. For information on services statewide, please visit www.DartFirstState.com  or call 1-800-652-DART.

To view the formal release please click  this link DART Thanksgiving Service Schedule 2015


Major Detour in Downtown Wilmington on December 15, 2014 from 4:30 PM to 6 PM

A large protest will close King Street from 8th Street to 2nd Street, and 4th Street from Market Street to Walnut Street.


Listed below are the affected bus stops, routes and alternate boarding locations:


10th at Market – Routes 2, 6, 10, 11, 12, 20, 21, 28, 35, 38 – Board on Orange Street at 10th or 12th Streets.


King at 9th, 8th, 6th & 3rd  – Routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 33, 34, 40, 41, 42, 45, 54, 55 & 301 – Board on Shipley between 10th and 9th Streets or board on Shipley at 4th Street.


4th at Shipley – Routes 4, 5, 24 – Board on Shipley at 4th Street


Walnut at 5th  – Routes 2, 6, 10, 11, 12, 20, 21, 28, 35, 38 – Board on 2nd Street at French Street.


French at 9th  – Routes 2, 6, 10, 11, 12, 20, 21, 28, 35, 38 – Board on Orange St. at 8th or 10th Street.

DelDOT Announces I-495 is Now Open in Both Directions

Wilmington — The northbound lanes of I-495 through Wilmington were reopened to traffic today following the successful realignment of the I-495 Bridge spanning the Christina River, Delaware Secretary of Transportation Shailen Bhatt announced today. The southbound lanes were reopened July 31. This means traffic is now fully restored to the bridge in both directions.

The full reopening of the bridge is occurring earlier than anticipated due to significant time savings achieved during the work to construct new underground support columns. The process to jack the southbound and northbound sides of the bridge back into alignment also went smoothly. Both operations could have taken substantially more time if problems had been encountered.

“Fully reopening this vital economic link in Delaware and along the northeast in less than three months is a testament to the hard work and dedication of so many individuals,” said Governor Markell. “Getting this work done quickly was important, but the safety of the traveling public and the many job site workers was very important too. I want to thank Secretary Bhatt, the entire project team at DelDOT, and all of the contractors who gave so much to this project over the last few months. I also want to thank the City for its partnership and our congressional delegation for their support. Finally, I want to thank the traveling public for their patience as DelDOT has worked around the clock to get this highway back in service.”

I-495 has been closed to traffic since June 2 when the interstate, which parallels I-95 and serves as a bypass through Wilmington, was shut down due to an unsafe bridge condition in both directions of travel. The 4,800 foot bridge normally carries approximately 90,000 vehicles per day.

Realigning the tilted bridge has been a collaborative effort between DelDOT, Delaware’s Congressional delegation, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration, AECOM and J.D. Eckman, Inc. Various Delaware-based subcontractors and construction trades have also been employed on the project, which has an estimated cost of $45 million. Delaware’s congressional delegation was instrumental in helping to secure emergency relief funding from the Federal Highway Administration that will pay one hundred percent of the costs to reopen the Interstate.

“Although the permanent repairs to the bridge are still underway, we are all pleased to be able to restore traffic for the tens of thousands of motorists who use this highway every day,” Secretary Bhatt said. “Equally important is that from June 3 through today, we have received nothing but support and cooperation from all of our federal, state, and local partners.”

“The full reopening of the I-495 bridge is a great accomplishment that will improve commutes for thousands of Delawareans every day,” said Senator Carper, Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure. “Gov. Markell and Transportation Sec. Bhatt have worked tirelessly to complete this complicated and challenging project and their hard work has paid off as the bridge reopens ahead of schedule. The improved I-495 bridge is an example of the incredible work that can be done when the federal government partners with states to make critical investments in our country’s transportation infrastructure that boost the economy, decrease traffic congestion and improve safety for American families.”

“Having both directions of I-495 open again brings great joy and relief to every one of those 90,000 drivers who use this highway on a daily basis,” said Senator Coons. “Achieving the goals of completing the project under deadline is an impressive feat, when you think about how many teams worked on this project. I want to again thank Sec. Bhatt, his team at DelDOT, and every engineer, project manager and construction person who has worked nights, weekends and holidays getting this bridge back to operating condition.”

“This is very good news for the thousands of drivers who use I-495 everyday, as well as the communities and businesses who have been dealing with a flood of unexpected traffic for the last few months,” said Congressman Carney. “DelDOT should be applauded for leading a group of federal, state, and local partners to get the bridge repaired safely and ahead of schedule. It also would not have happened without those who have been working day and night to make the needed repairs. I’m grateful for their hard work and commitment. I can’t wait to check Google Maps and see I-495 up and running again.”

Use Transit to Avoid Traffic Congestion, Let DART Do the Driving

Due to the I-495 bridge closure, major and secondary roads in and around the City of Wilmington are experiencing increased traffic congestion.  Use transit to avoid the congestion, aggravation and stress…Let DART Do The Driving!

SEPTA Train Service – Wilmington/Newark Line

Available within Delaware with connecting bus service, pedestrian and bike access.


Service Between: Avg. Travel Time # Weekday Trains
Newark – Wilmington 20 minutes 21
Churchmans Crossing – Wilmington 12 minutes 21
Claymont – Wilmington 9 minutes 25

and to Center City Philadelphia via Wilmington/Newark Line.

Service Between: Avg. Travel Time # Weekday Trains
Newark/Churchmans – Philadelphia 65-72 minutes 21
Wilmington or Claymont – Philadelphia 45-52 minutes 25


See SEPTA Wilmington/Newark for complete schedule.



Travel between all Delaware Stations is 1 Zone.

One-Way (advance sales) – $4.75; Weekly TrailPass – $27.25; Monthly TrailPass – $101


Travel between all Delaware Stations and Philadelphia is 4 Zones.

One-Way (advance sales) – $6.50; Weekly TrailPass – $53; Monthly TrailPass – $191


SEPTA fare media can be purchased at Newark and Wilmington Train Stations, and at DART’s Market Street Mall Store at 718 N. Market St.


Valid SEPTA Weekly and Monthly TrailPasses can be used for free travel on all DART bus trips within Northern New Castle County.


From Wilmington Train Station, most DART buses travel to Downtown Wilmington serving major employers (examples below):

Bank of America – All routes at Rodney Square.

Capital One 360 (Delaware Ave.) – Routes 6, 7, 10, 16, 20, 28 & 301.

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield – Routes 6, 7, 10, 16, 20, 28 & 301.

M&T Bank – Routes 2, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 16, 20, 28, 38 & 301.

Wilmington Hospital – Routes 2, 6, 11, 12, 21 & 35.

WSFS – Routes 2, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 16, 20, 28, 38 & 301.


View Downtown Service Map or Greater Wilmington Service Map to determine the best bus connection for you.


DART Park & Rides

Use one of DART’s convenient area Park & Rides – park for free and ride the bus stress free.

Click Park & Ride to find the lot nearest you.


DART continues to monitor service delays due to congestion and will be adding additional buses to meet demands.



Discounted, stored value cards can be purchased at DARTCard Sales Outlets, by mail, phone and online.



1-800-652-DART (3278) www.DartFirstState.com


DART Labor Day 2013 Schedule

Labor Day – Monday, September 2, 2013 – DART First State statewide transit services, both fixed route and paratransit, will not operate on Monday, September 2, 2013, with the exception of the Resort Transit Routes 201-208, its related paratransit service, and Route 305 – Beach Connection. Monday, September 2 is the last day of operation for Route 305 – Beach Connection; however, the Resort Transit Routes will continue to provide a reduced service schedule through September 15, serving Rehoboth, Lewes, Georgetown, Dewey, Bethany, Fenwick Island and Ocean City, Maryland.
SEPTA’s Wilmington/Newark Line will operate on Labor Day, utilizing a Saturday/Sunday schedule. DART’s Transportation Store at the Wilmington Station will be closed on Labor Day. Passengers are encouraged to purchase their train fares in advance. The On-Board fare can also be paid on the train, and a credit for the difference can be received at a Philadelphia SEPTA ticket counter.
The Delaware Transit Corporation, a subsidiary of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), operates DART First State. For information on all fixed route services statewide, please call 1-800-652-DART or visit www.DartFirstState.com.

AAA: Labor Day Traffic Will Rebound To Pre-Recession Levels

Traffic in Atlanta, Georgia during rush hour (via Wikimedia)Traffic in Atlanta, Georgia during rush hour (via Wikimedia)

Road-trippers have had it easy the past few years. The Great Recession took a significant toll on vacation travel, leaving the highways and byways a little less crowded on holiday weekends. But according to AAA, the party’s officially over.

In a new travel forecast, AAA predicts that 34.1 folks will hit the road over the upcoming Labor Day weekend. That’s 4.2 percent above the 32.7 million who did so last year.

Worse — at least for those hoping to drive — 85 percent of those last-minute vacationers will be traveling by car. In fact, 29.2 million will be road-tripping to their destination of choice, up from 28 million in 2012.

And those trips aren’t going to be over the river and through the woods, either. AAA estimates that the average round trip will clock in at 594 miles.


If you’re what we politely call “traffic averse”, there are a couple of ways that you can dodgethe stress and tsoris of roadway congestion.

Leave early: about half of all those traveling over the Labor Day weekend will depart on Friday. If you can hit the road Thursday — even Thursday night, after work — you’ll leave many of them in the dust.

Come home late: most vacationers will head home on Monday, so if you can arrange to come back Tuesday, you might have smoother sailing. (But don’t forget: Tuesday will be a regular workday for most people, meaning that you’ll hit the usual rush-hour traffic when passing through highly populated areas.)

Take to the skies: AAA expects air traffic to increase a modest 2.8 percent above Labor Day 2012. If you can jet to a beach, mountain, or theme park, you might get there faster. Sure, plane tickets can be pricey, but remember, gas isn’t free, either: the average is about $3.54 per gallon.

Are you planning a holiday trip? If so, how are you planning to get there? And do you have any tips for avoiding travel headaches? Let us know in the comments below.

(See the original article here: http://www.thecarconnection.com/news/1086366_aaa-labor-day-traffic-will-rebound-to-pre-recession-levels)

DelDOT Urges Safe & Smart Memorial Day Travel

Dover — The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) reminds motorists to anticipate heavier than normal traffic on Delaware’s highways beginning on Friday, May 24.

Planned lane closures on Delaware’s major roadways, Route 1, I-95, and U.S. Route 202 will be suspended beginning on Friday, May 24 until midnight on Monday, May 27. Traffic accidents and other unpredictable types of transportation incidents may cause lane closures and/or delays.

DelDOT’s Transportation Management Center (TMC) will provide continuous monitoring of traffic conditions across the state. Our radio station, WTMC-1380AM offers motorists real-time traffic information throughout Delaware. Motorists can contact the TMC 24/7 to report any travel or traffic related issues at the following numbers: Dial #77 from any cell phone; (302) 659-4600 or 1-800-324-8379.

Motorists can adjust their routes or travel times by using DelDOT’s Smartphone application. The DelDOT App is available for Apple & Android smart phones and tablets, and can be downloaded free at the Apple and Google Play stores.

Those interested can view video of “Live Traffic” conditions in New Castle, Kent and Sussex Counties online atDelDOT. Social media outlets allow you to follow DelDOT on Twitter or Facebook.

Motorists looking for a break during their travels can stop at the I-95 Welcome Center which includes the following amenities: a gas station with 21 fuel pumps and high-speed diesel fuel dispensers; the A-Plus Convenience store; Delaware State Visitor Center providing information on local and statewide attractions, events, and activities; an environmentally-friendly truck parking area complete with anti-idle hookups; the “Postcards from Delaware” retail store selling local products that highlight the state’s history, heritage and culture. Patrons may also visit the following restaurants: Baja Fresh, Brioche Doree, Famous Famiglia Pizza, Starbucks Coffee, Burger King, Cinnabon/Carvel, and Popeyes. Additionally, the Smyrna Rest Area just off of Exit 119 on Route 1 is open 24 hours each day for motorists. There are snacks and sodas, restrooms, and an RV pumping station for the convenience of campers.

To further aid travelers, the DART First State’s Resort Transit will begin seasonal service on Thursday, May 23. DART First State will operate eight transit routes in the resort area serving Rehoboth, Dewey, Bethany, Fenwick, Lewes, Georgetown, Long Neck and Ocean City, Maryland. Transit service operates 7 days a week through Sunday, September 15. Early season hours of operation are reduced until peak season begins on Monday, July 1.

The Route 305 Beach Connection linking Wilmington/Dover to Rehoboth Beach will operate on Friday evenings, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from Friday, May 24 through Monday, September 2. Bus stops include Wilmington Amtrak Station, Christiana Mall, Smyrna Rest Stop, Scarborough Road Park & Ride in Dover, Super WalMart in Milford, and the Rehoboth Park & Ride.

DART is coordinating with the Delaware River & Bay Authority (DRBA) and their Cape May-Lewes Ferry Shuttle Service to connect at the Rehoboth Park & Ride. This collaboration will allow ferry passengers to enjoy the same DART bus travel options around the resort area and to Ocean City, MD.

For more information on DART’s Resort Transit, visit DART First State

The Delaware Department of Transportation advises all motorists to travel during off peak hours, allow extra time to reach your destination, slow down at toll plazas, and obey traffic laws.

Memorial Day 2012 Toll Plaza Traffic Counts

I-95 Newark Toll Plaza
Thursday: 71,894
Friday: 102,732
Saturday: 92,967
Sunday: 83,853
Monday: 100,091
Tuesday: 67,676

Route 1 Biddle’s Toll Plaza
Thursday: 61,501
Friday: 72,782
Saturday: 49,901
Sunday: 43,821
Monday: 60,523
Tuesday: 57,020

Route 1 Dover Toll Plaza
Thursday: 46,270
Friday: 59,671
Saturday: 41,787
Sunday: 37,922
Monday: 56,426
Tuesday: 42,936

Traffic Advisory on I-95 Saturday August 18th

12th America’s 9/11 Ride Along Interstate I-95

Saturday, August 18
New Castle — The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announces that a planned motorcycle rally to support 9/11 is expected to impact northbound Interstate 95 on Saturday, August 18. The America’s 9/11 Ride is about Remembering the Heroes, Volunteers, and Victims who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.  The America’s 9//11 Ride is an Annual Memorial Ride which takes place in August respecting each site and the survivors, allowing them to mourn during September.

Motorists should expect major delays on I-95 northbound when the rally begins in DC and no traffic will be allowed to pass the riders.  There will be a rolling rock block from DC to Rommel’s Harley Davidson in New Castle.  The rolling rock block will decrease in speed when the bikers approach the Newark Toll Plaza in order to pay tolls.  This will cause several miles of back-ups on I-95 northbound.  This event will require the temporary closure of I-95 northbound on-ramps from the Newark Toll Plaza to I-295 for several minutes until the procession passes each on-ramp. Ramps along I-295 between I-95 and Route 9 will be impacted as the motorcycles travel to Rommel’s Harley Davidson (formerly known as Mike’s Famous) in New Castle for a rest stop. Once the procession passes, the ramps will be open to traffic onto I-95.

After riders leave the Rommel’s Harley Davidson in New Castle, police officers will temporarily shut down the northbound traffic on the Delaware Memorial Bridge.

Message boards will display traffic related messages to warn of ramp closures that are caused by this event. Information will also be posted on DelDOT’s radio station, WTMC 1380 AM.

For further information for the planned motorcycle rally, www.Americas911ride.com