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

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