Construction may slow down travelers to the beaches

DOVER — On Thursday, the Delaware Department of Transportation offered tips for travelers headed to the state’s beaches this summer.

Dover: Motorists headed south to Delaware’s beaches this summer will find the state is working hard to improve safety and ease congestion along Del. 1, especially the portion between Dover and the city of Milford.

DelDOT said its “Making Strides to Improve Your Ride” campaign, which includes the elimination of several traffic signals and construction of three new grade-separated interchanges (overpasses), will have significant long-term benefits to the traveling public though there will be some short-term inconvenience from it.

The projects are located along an eight-mile stretch of SR 1 at:

• Little Heaven

• South Frederica

• Thompsonville Road

Each of these areas is an active construction zone, meaning these portions of Del. 1 are lined with orange barrels and jersey barriers to channel traffic and protect workers.

On Friday evenings and weekends, DelDOT is suspending construction activity at these and other locations to help keep traffic flowing to and from the beaches. During weekdays, construction activity may slow traffic at times although at least one northbound and one southbound travel lane is expected to remain open at all times.

DelDOT said motorists may want to consider planning their drive times mid-week to avoid rush-hour traffic on Del. 1 southbound on Friday evenings as well as northbound traffic mid-day Sunday. On Saturday, avoid traveling during hotel check-in/check-out times from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., DelDOT advised. Motorists traveling through Delaware to points further north or south may want to consider taking U.S. 13 when traveling south of Dover.

DelDOT promoted its smartphone app available for Apple and Android smart phones and tablets, and can be downloaded free by searching for “DelDOT” at the Apple and Google Play stores. DelDOT said the app allows a view of real time traffic cameras, travel times, delays and advisories, and also tune in to DelDOT’s Traffic Information Station WTMC 1380 AM.

Using DART service

For a break from driving DelDOT suggested using DART’s Route 305-Beach Connection service operating on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays starting today through Labor Day. Route 305 serves commuters at the Amtrak Station in Wilmington; Christiana Mall Park & Ride; Middletown area at Odessa Park & Ride; Scarborough Road; Park & Ride in Dover, and Rehoboth Park & Ride.

DelDOT’s Transportation Management Center will use various roadway monitoring technologies to help manage the seasonal traffic flow. These include constant monitoring of traffic sensors and cameras to adjust signal timing and communicate real-time road conditions.

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; 659-4600; or 1-800-324-8379.

For more information on DART’s Resort Transit, visit www.dartfirststate.com

Follow DelDOT with Twitter and Facebook at http://twitter.com/DelawareDOT or http://www.facebook.com/DelawareDOT

Motorists should expect to encounter additional traffic on Del. 1 during the Firefly Music Festival from June 16 to 19 at the Woodlands of Dover International Speedway in Dover. For further information, visit www.fireflyfestival.com.

Notable projects/events

Del. 1 from Rehoboth Avenue to Five Points in Lewes-Sidewalk Improvements – Pedestrians and bicyclists will find new sidewalks and signalized crossings on Del 1. This project will be largely complete by July 4.

Del. 26, Atlantic Avenue from Clarksville to Assawoman Canal – The installation of a third lane to ease congestion by accommodating left turns is being completed throughout the corridor, DelDOT said. New sidewalks and bicycle lanes are being installed. This project will be largely complete in September 2016.

In June, there will be daytime lane shifts and shoulder closures on Kings Highway at Gills Neck intersection for various improvements in Lewes. Nighttime lane closures may occur Monday evening until Friday morning.

There will be nighttime milling and paving on U.S. 113 at the intersection of Del. 20/Dagsboro Road/Handy Road starting the end of May until mid-June.

Median modifications on U.S. 113 at Ennis Road/North Street in Georgetown will have nighttime lane closures until late June. Starting in July on U.S. 113 at Millsboro Towne Square/1st Street there will be median modifications with nighttime lane closures until early August.

For additional project information, visit: www.deldot.gov/information/projects/

For information about Delaware and special events, visit Delaware Tourism’s website at www.visitdelaware.com/.

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