NASCAR will impact traffic this weekend

Martin Truex Jr. (78) leads at the start of last year’s Apache Warrior 400 at Dover International Speedway. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

DOVER — Drivers in central Kent County are urged to be aware of NASCAR from Thursday to Sunday. The Department of Transportation, along with the Dover Police Department and Delaware State Police, will be monitoring traffic around Delaware’s capital city.

On Sunday, Dover International Speedway’s main entrance on U.S. Route 13 will be closed for all southbound traffic when parking at the Dover International Speedway is filled. When the race finishes in the afternoon, Leipsic Road will also be closed to through traffic.

A designated exit route for the Saturday and Sunday races has been established. Vehicles parked in Lot 1 will be permitted to exit to Buckson Drive onto Townsend Boulevard and the signalized intersection. Once at the traffic signal, motorists will be able to turn southbound only.

Drivers are urged to tune to WTMC 1380 AM and pay attention to the messageboards. DelDOT’s app, available for free in the Apple and Google Play stores, will offer updates as well.

DelDOT will work from the Command Post at the Dover International Speedway with technicians monitoring traffic inside the track facilities and outside on Dover-area roadways. DelDOT’s staff will watch major intersections for proper signal progression, place temporary directional signage and assist with any incidents or congestion issues along major travel routes.

Dover International Speedway’s Park-and-Ride Express at the Blue Hen Mall will not run because of lot availability, although some promotional materials may still list the express as an option. Fans who used the express can park at the Speedway’s Lot 1 on Jefferic Boulevard just off northbound U.S. 13. The Lot 1 parking fee Sunday is $10 per car.

The Park-And-Ride shuttle service from the Christiana Mall in Newark is still operational. The Christiana shuttle, which can be boarded in the mall’s north parking lot, costs $17 per person for a round trip. Only cash is accepted.

There are 800 seats available, on a first-come, first-serve basis. All carry-on items must be stored under the seat.

The service begins at 8 a.m. Sunday and will return passengers to the Christiana Mall immediately after the race.

For more information on the shuttle, call Advance Student Transportation at 998-6726.

Approximately 10 miles north of Dover International Speedway just off Del. Route 1, the Smyrna Rest Area is open 24 hours a day. It is at Exit 119.

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