DelDOT Wishes Everyone Safe Holiday Travel
Dover -- The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) reminds drivers to anticipate heavier than normal traffic on Delaware's roadways beginning on Saturday, December 22.
Daily lane closures will not be allowed on I-95 and other state roadways starting at 12:00 AM on Monday December 24, 2012, until 12:00 AM, Thursday December 27, for the Christmas holiday. In addition, daily lane closures will not be allowed starting at 12:00 AM on December 31, 2012, through 12:00 AM on January 3, 2013, for the New Year's holiday.
As expected this weekend, mall and retail center traffic will be particularly congested. Traffic accidents and other unpredictable types of transportation incidents may cause lane closures and/or delays.
DelDOT's Transportation Management Center (TMC) will monitor over 5,500 miles of state-maintained roads around the clock. TMC staff, through a range of automated systems, will monitor and adjust computerized traffic signal systems in response to increased demand and/or incidents.
During the holidays, the State's three toll plazas - I-95 Newark Plaza, Route 1- Biddle's Corner Plaza, and Route 1- Dover Plaza - will be staffed with additional personnel to help minimize traffic congestion.
Driver's can adjust their routes or travel times by using DelDOT's Smartphone app. The DelDOT App is available for Android and iPhone users and can be downloaded free at the Google Play and Apple stores.
DART First State's statewide transit services, for both fixed route and paratransit service, will not operate on Christmas and New Year's Day. Additional transit information can be found on DART First State website.
SEPTA Wilmington/Newark line train service will operate on a modified special Christmas Day schedule and on a Sunday schedule on New Year's Day. For specific times, please check SEPTA online.
Motorists are also reminded that Delaware's Move Over law requires drivers to safely move over to the next lane or slow down for stopped emergency and maintenance vehicles.
2011 Christmas & 2012 New Year's Day Toll Plaza Traffic Counts
The following statistics were recorded at Delaware's three toll plazas.
I-95 Newark Toll Plaza
Friday, December 23: 104,382
Saturday, December 24: 78,493
Sunday, December 25: 69,398
Monday, December 26: 113,779
Friday, December 30: 96,869
Saturday, December 31: 94,830
Sunday, January 1: 87,219
Monday, January 2: 92,606
Route 1-Biddle's Corner Toll Plaza
Friday, December 23: 47,950
Saturday, December 24: 34,203
Sunday, December 25: 34,221
Monday, December 26: 45,846
Friday, December 30: 52,089
Saturday, December 31: 32,349
Sunday, January 1: 32,301
Monday, January 2: 37,073
Route 1-Dover Toll Plaza
Friday, December 23: 32,680
Saturday, December 24: 23,960
Sunday, December 25: 24,384
Monday, December 26: 33,714
Friday, December 30: 38,190
Saturday, December 31: 23,695
Sunday, January 1: 24,786
Monday, January 2: 28,341
Motorists can check DelDOT online and on your web enabled cell phone at DelDOT Mobile for updated travel-related information or tune to WTMC 1380 AM for up-to-the-minute traffic conditions.