DelDOT: Congestion expected in Dover with base open house and air show

DOVER — The Department of Transportation is prepared for heavy traffic volumes on Saturday and Sunday, as both beachgoers and aeronautic-enthusiasts make their way through central and southern Delaware.

This weekend motorists should note that the Dover Air Force Base Open House and Air Show “Thunder Over Dover” will occur on Saturday, Aug. 26, and Sunday, Aug. 27. Approximately 200,000 visitors are expected at the air show for the two-day event that is free and open to the public. Likewise, beach-bound motorists will be making their way through the Dover area and southern Delaware.

The Thunderbirds Delta Formation pilots perform the Delta Opener during an air show in Daytona Beach, Fla., in 2014. The Thunderbirds will be among the aerial performers this weekend when Dover Air Force base holds its free open house and air show Saturday and Sunday. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez)

Motorists are encouraged to travel during off peak times after 9 p.m. on Friday or early Saturday morning. Return travel from southern Delaware on Sunday is also anticipated to be heavy.

DelDOT’s Transportation Management Center (TMC) and WTMC-1380 AM provides motorists real-time traffic conditions throughout the state. 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 are suggested to use the DelDOT App available for Apple & Android smart phones and tablets, which is available free; search for “DelDOT” at the Apple and Google Play stores. The DelDOT App is designed to provide real time traffic cameras, travel times, delays, advisories, DART’s Real-Time Transit Information. Information is also relayed on social media; follow DelDOT on Twitter and Facebook at or

For a full schedule of the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House, visit

For Delaware State News coverage of the event, visit

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