Dover -- The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) welcomes NASCAR race fans to Dover for the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, NASCAR Busch East Series, and NASCAR Busch Series at the Dover International Speedway beginning Friday, September 22 through Sunday, September 24. Delaware's roadways will see heavy traffic flows this weekend, as race fans make their way to The Monster Mile track in Dover.
DelDOT and DART First State encourage motorists to use the two Race Express Bus Services that will be available on Sunday, September 24. For $20.00 per car, race fans can park at the Blue Hen Corporate Center on Bay Road in Dover, and all vehicle occupants can once again ride the Race Express Bus to and from Dover International Speedway. The Blue Hen Corporate Center Race Express Bus will avoid race day traffic congestion by traveling south on Bay Road, away from the traffic, and enter Route 1 to an exclusive, buses-only exit ramp leading directly to Dover International Speedway. The total trip will have race fans at the racetrack in only 12 minutes. The service will begin at 8:00 a.m., and will be available to transport passengers back and forth until 1 hour after the race.
All lanes at the toll plazas on I-95 and Route 1 will be open for motorists this coming weekend in anticipation of heavy traffic. Additional toll operators will be working at the Dover Route 1 Toll Plaza on Monday, September 25 to accommodate campers and other vehicles leaving the speedway after the main crowds.
DelDOT's Transportation Management Center (TMC) staff will monitor the amount of traffic in and around the Dover area to ensure safe and smooth travel for motorists as they head to the races, restaurants, shopping malls and other local attractions. On Sunday, September 24, the Dover International Speedway main entrance on Route 13 will be closed for all southbound traffic when parking at the Dover International Speedway is full. When the race is completed Sunday afternoon Leipsic Road will be closed to through traffic. This will allow race traffic to exit directly on to Route 13 and traffic from Lot 2 parking to exit directly to Leipsic Road.
A designated exit route for the Sunday race has been established through the cooperation of many groups including the Towne Point Civic Association. For vehicles parked in Lot 1 they will be permitted to exit onto Buckson Drive to Townsend Boulevard (next to K-Mart) and the signalized intersection. Once at the light they will be able to turn southbound only. Due to special routes being designed just for race day traffic, motorists are encouraged to carefully read the message signs as they approach the Dover area.
The TMC will use various technologies to efficiently and safely move the thousands of motorists utilizing Dover roadways this weekend. A total of 8 "real-time" traffic cameras along the Route 13 Corridor will be continuously monitored. The TMC will control entrance and exit traffic to the racetrack and will be assisting with any delays or problems. The Delaware State Police helicopter will be used for aerial observations of the racetrack area, and the Civil Air Patrol will be used as needed to monitor traffic patterns throughout the busy weekend, weather permitting.
Additionally, traffic specialists from the TMC and DelDOT's Traffic Division will work remotely from the Command Post at the Dover International Speedway with technicians monitoring traffic inside both the track facilities and outside on Dover-area roadways. Information from these specialists will be dispatched to the TMC to allow signal-timing changes to be made as conditions warrant. In combination with the real-time traffic cameras, DelDOT staff will constantly watch major intersections for proper signal progression, will place temporary directional signage where needed, and will assist with any incident or congestion problems along major travel routes. Traffic Patrol Units will also be in the area to assist motorists with breakdowns, directions, etc.
In addition, continuing this year is a Race Express Bus from the Christiana Mall Park & Ride, which will take NASCAR fans directly to Dover International Speedway. The buses depart from the Christiana Mall at 7:30 a.m. The cost per person is $10.00 for a round trip. Children 46" in height or under ride free; reduced fare is $4.00 with a DART Reduced Fare ID card or Medicare card. This fee does include parking. Due to limited seating of 1,000, this service is on a first come, first served basis. As race fans leave the racetrack, the Express Bus will take race fans to the Blue Hen Corporate Center. From there, the shuttle will return to Christiana Mall. Both of the Race Express services will only operate on Sunday, September 24. In the event of rain on Sunday, September 24, there will be NO refund and NO bus service on Monday, September 25.
Race fans can go to the Smyrna Rest Area at Exit 119 near Smyrna for information and refreshments. The Smyrna Rest Area is open 24 hours each day.
Motorists should check the DelDOT's website at www.deldot.gov for updated travel -related information and live video of traffic conditions at www.deldot.gov or tune to WTMC-AM 1380 for up-to-the-minute traffic conditions.
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