Traffic pattern changes set for Firefly festival

DOVER — DelDOT’s Transportation Management Center staff, in coordination with the city of Dover Police and Delaware State Police, will monitor traffic in and around the Dover vicinity for Firefly weekend.

With the expected number of patrons attending the festival, Leipsic Road and Persimmon Tree Road in the area of Dover International Speedway will be closed to through traffic beginning at noon today until Sunday evening.

At the conclusion of the festival, all roads will be reopened. Local residents will not have access through the closure area until the conclusion of the festival.

Camping/RV processing will be located at Dover International Speedway Lot 1, the largest DIS parking lot located south of the speedway bordered by U.S. 13, Leipsic Road, and Plaza Drive. Traffic from the south will enter Lot 1 from U.S. 13 through Jefferic Boulevard, and from the north using Leipsic Road.

Campers/RVs from the north will use Del. 1 to Exit 104 to U.S. 13 to a left turn at Leipsic Road. Should traffic conditions warrant, Exit 104 and Exit 98 from Del. 1 will be closed, and traffic will be directed to Exit 95 to Bay Road onto U.S. 13 North to Lot 1 via Jefferic Boulevard.

Once each vehicle is processed in Lot 1 they will exit at the east end of Lot 1 back to Leipsic Road to their assigned camping area.

For festival patrons who are not camping on Dover International Speedway property, daily parking is available in speedway parking lots. Daily parking lots are accessible from the main entrance to Dover International Speedway from U.S. 13.

AAA assistance

AAA will again provide free roadside assistance to attendees of the Firefly Music Festival and is providing its top four tips based on helping thousands of motorists over recent years at the event.

Perry Stanger, director of Fleet Operations for AAA Mid-Atlantic, says the AAA team helped 569 motorists at the 2017 Firefly Festival and 815 at the 2016 festival.

Based on that experience and its roadside rescue expertise, AAA offers the following top tips for Firefly attendees:

•Bring a spare set of keys, AAA can get you back into your locked vehicle, but can’t help you start the vehicle if you lost the keys in somewhere on the festival grounds

•Fill up your gas tank before entering the campgrounds — some motorists arrive with just a little bit of gas in their tanks, then run out during the four-day festival

• Bring a spare charger for your phone and devices. Do not use your vehicle battery to charge your devices

•AAA roadside assistance is available to everyone at the festival from 7 a.m. to midnight each day. The number is 1-800-AAA HELP (1-800-222-4357)

Mr. Stanger says the majority of calls AAA receives at Firefly are for drained batteries, followed by lock-outs and empty gas tanks, with occasional light mechanical work needed to help motorists.

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