Special events set for this month will impact Downstate Delaware traffic

DOVER — Several special events throughout Delaware will cause road and lane closures this month.

On Saturday, the Special Olympics truck convoy will leave the Delaware State Fairgrounds at 10 a.m. Escorted by law enforcement, the convoy will take Tower Hill Road, Farmington Road, Whiteleysburg Road, Del. Route 12/Burnite Mill Road, U.S. Route 13 southbound, Tower Hill Road and Chambers Road back to the Delaware State Fairgrounds.

Drivers should expect delays along the route, particularly at the intersection of Routes 13 and 12. Law enforcement will be at intersections to assist with traffic control and message boards will be placed in advance of the event.

For additional information, visit www.sode.org or contact Lisa Smith at lismith@udel.edu or 831-3482.

Also Saturday, delays may occur around Dewey Beach for the Dewey Goes Pink event.

Drivers can expect traffic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Del. Route 1 northbound and southbound and in the area of Dewey Beach and King Charles Avenue/Silver Lake Drive in Dewey Beach. A northbound right lane closure will be in place from Dagsworthy Street to King Charles Avenue, and the northbound lane of King Charles Avenue will also be closed from Del. 1 to the Silver Lake Bridge from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Visit www.races2run.com for more details.

Bike MS: Bike to the Bay could slow drivers as well Saturday and Sunday.

Cyclists will begin the ride at 8 a.m. Saturday from Delaware Technical and Community College in Dover. They will head to the South Inlet Day Use Area on the south side of the Charles W. Cullen Bridge. At 8 a.m. Sunday, cyclists will leave the South Inlet Day Use Area and return DelTech.

A southbound Del. 1 lane closure will be implemented from the Rehoboth Canal and bridge to the north side of Dewey Beach to manage bicycle traffic and runner traffic from the Dewey Goes Pink event.

Drivers should expect delays with cyclists on Del. 1 northbound shoulders from Old Landing Rd 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.

For further information, call 1-800-445-BIKE or email mscycling@pae.nmss.org.

In Bridgeville, the Apple Scrapple Festival may result in some traffic and road closures from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. Oct. 13 and 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 14. Go to www.applescrapple.com for additional details.

Delaware State University’s homecoming parade could cause lane restrictions in Dover on Oct. 14. Delays could begin at 10 a.m. on Loockerman Street.

The main entrance will be closed to Delaware State University will be closed. Individuals wishing to access the campus should use College Road.

For more information, go to www.desu.edu.

The Milford Community Parade will start at 6 p.m. Oct. 18 on Seabury Avenue to Walnut Street and end at Northeast Front Street at Milford High School. During the parade, Walnut Street will be closed to traffic.

More information is available at www.MilfordParade.com.

The Dover Monster “Mash” Marathon and Half Marathon will be held Oct. 21.

Motorists can expect an interruption in traffic from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. and should be on the look out for runners crossing U.S. Route 13 at Leipsic Road and Route 13 at Del. Route 8. Drivers are advised to use extra caution and share the road with runners in downtown Dover, on Del. Route 9 and in Little Creek.

Drivers should expect delays on Route 13 at Leipsic Road and at Route 8 between 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.

The marathon and half marathon will begin inside the Monster Mile race track at the Dover International Speedway, take participants past The Green and Legislative Hall, continue through Little Creek and Port Mahon and end at Dover International Speedway.

For additional information, contact marathondirector@aol.com.

The University of Delaware’s homecoming will be Oct. 21, and downtown Newark may see delays. There also may be a lane closure on U.S. Route 896 northbound from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Go to www.udel.edu for more information.

The Sea Witch Festival in Rehoboth Beach begins Oct. 27 and ends Oct. 29.

Rehoboth Avenue will close to all traffic Oct. 28 at 10 a.m. and will reopen after the costume parade around 3 p.m. Satellite parking areas will be available for visitors traveling on both north and southbound along Route 1 Oct. 28. Shuttle service will operate from Tower Ocean, the Rehoboth Beach Park and Ride, Epworth Church and the Rehoboth Little League field to bring festival-goers into the resort area.

For further information, see www.beach-fun.com.

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