DelDOT warns of heavy traffic in October

DOVER — The month is October is a particularly busy one for special events in Delaware, and the Delaware Department of Transportation alerted motorists to expect road closures and lane restrictions with an interruption to traffic for many of those upcoming events.

DelDOT advises all motorists to allow extra time to reach their destination, slow down and obey traffic laws.

The events that are expected to have an impact on traffic include:
9th Dewey Goes Pink-Dewey Beach, Saturday, Oct. 5 — Motorists can expect delays in traffic from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Del. 1 and Silver Lake Drive in Dewey Beach.

Bridgeville Apple-Scrapple Festival, Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12 — Motorists can expect road closures and delays in traffic from 4 until 10 p.m. on Oct. 11 and 6:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Oct. 12 in Bridgeville.

Bike MS: Bike to the Bay-Saturday, Oct. 12 and Sunday, Oct. 13 — Cyclists will begin the ride at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 from Delaware Technical and Community College at 100 Campus Drive in Dover to the Delaware Seashore State Park Campground, at 39415 Inlet Road on the south side of the Charles W. Cullen Bridge. At 8 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13, cyclists will leave the state park and return to the college in Dover.

No lane closures will occur on Saturday and Sunday. However, motorists should expect minimum delays with cyclists on Del. 1 northbound shoulders from Old Landing Road to the inlet. The right turn lane from Del. 1 southbound to the south campground will be closed for the duration of Saturday’s event. Southbound vehicles wishing to gain access to the campground, as well as spectators trying to access the South Inlet Day-Use Area, will need to make a u-turn at 3 R’s and head northbound on Del. 1 to the eastern entrance.

Milford Community Parade-Milford, Oct. 16 — The annual Milford Community Parade will start at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16 on Seabury Avenue to Walnut Street and end at Northeast Front Street at the high school. During the parade, Walnut Street will be closed to traffic. Motorists should choose an alternate route in Milford.

Monster “Mash” Marathon and Half Marathon-Dover, Saturday, Oct. 19 — Motorists can expect an interruption in traffic from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. and watch out for runners on U.S. 13 at Leipsic; U.S. 13 at Del. 8; downtown Dover; U.S. 9; and Little Creek on Saturday, Oct. 19. Motorists should expect delays on U.S. 13.

The marathon and half marathon will begin inside the racetrack at the Dover International Speedway. Runners will circle the Monster Mile before heading into the city of Dover. Runners will race through the city’s historical area passing The Green and Legislative Hall. After leaving the city, runners will travel east through the town of Little Creek and Port Mahon completing the marathon in front of the “Miles the Monster” statue at Dover International Speedway.

University of Delaware Homecoming-Newark, Saturday, Oct. 26 — Motorists can expect delays in traffic in downtown Newark surrounding the University of Delaware beginning at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26. There will also be a lane closure on northbound Del. 896 to allow free flow traffic coming from I-95 southbound. The lane closure will be in place starting at 7 a.m. and will be cleared by 1 p.m. The football game will be held at the University of Delaware’s Delaware Stadium.

Sea Witch Festival-Rehoboth Beach, on Friday, Oct. 25 through Sunday, Oct. 27 — The annual Sea Witch Festival will be held in Rehoboth Beach from Friday, Oct. 25 through Sunday, Oct. 27.

Rehoboth Avenue will be closed to all traffic on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. and will reopen after the costume parade at around 2 p.m.
On Saturday, Oct. 26, satellite parking areas will be available for visitors traveling on both north and southbound along Del. 1. Shuttle service will operate from all satellite parking locations on Saturday to bring festival goers into the resort area.
DelDOT and the Delaware State Police will be on site to monitor traffic.

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