Press Release -- September 01, 2009
Labor Day Weekend Traffic Expected to be Heavy

Dover -- The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) reminds travelers to anticipate increased traffic on Delaware's major highways starting on Friday, September 4, for the upcoming three-day weekend. Peak holiday travel times are expected to occur from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday, September 4 and Monday, September 7. All construction projects underway will be shut down by noon on Friday, September 4, except in the event of an emergency. Construction jobs will resume on Tuesday, September 8.

DelDOT's Transportation Management Center (TMC) monitors over 5,500 miles of state-maintained roads around the clock. TMC personnel through a variety of automated systems to include electronic detection and video cameras will monitor the transportation system and adjust traffic signals in response to increased congestion or incidents.

DelDOT's Traffic Patrol Units assist motorists statewide with needs ranging from vehicle breakdowns to accidents. Civil Air Patrol airplanes will check traffic conditions across the state. Tollbooths at the I-95 Newark Plaza, Route 1- Biddle's Corner Plaza, and Route 1-Dover Plaza will have extra personnel to ease traffic delays.

DART First State statewide services, both fixed route and paratransit, will not operate on Monday, September 7, with the exception of the Resort Transit Routes 201-208, its related paratransit service, and Route 305 - Beach Connection. Monday, September 7 is the last day of operation for Route 305 - Beach Connection; however, the Resort Transit Routes will continue to provide a reduced service schedule through Sunday, September 20, serving Rehoboth, Lewes, Georgetown, Dewey, Bethany, Fenwick Island and Ocean City, MD.

SEPTA R2 will not operate within Delaware on Labor Day. The train will operate on a Sunday schedule from Marcus Hook.

Up-to-date information on construction projects, lane restrictions/closures, and current traffic conditions can be found at www.deldot.gov or listen to WTMC-1380 AM. Additional transit information can be found at www.DARTFirstState.com

TRAFFIC COUNTS FOR 2008 LABOR DAY WEEKEND

(Totals reflect the amount of vehicles in a 24-hour period)

Toll Plazas
Friday, August 29
Route 1, Dover Plaza
57,179

Biddle's Corner Plaza
74,226

I-95 Newark Plaza
102,972

Saturday, August 30
Route 1, Dover Plaza
48,520

Route 1, Biddle's Toll Corner Plaza
59,352

I-95 Newark Plaza
103,932


Sunday, August 31
Route 1,Dover Plaza
38,906

Route 1, Biddle's Corner Plaza
47,209

I-95 Newark Plaza
95,022

Monday, September 1
Route 1, Dover Plaza
48,379

Route 1, Biddle's Corner Plaza
55,964

I-95 Newark Plaza
96,232

New Castle County: I-495
Friday, August 29: 76,653
Saturday, August 30: 65,973
Sunday, August 31: 58,377
Monday, September 1: 55,715

Route 1 (C & D)
Friday, August 29: 99,022
Saturday, August 30: 80,956
Sunday, August 31: 67,452
Monday, September 1: 73,324

Kent County: Route 1, near Barratts Chapel Road
Friday, August 29: 61,767
Saturday, August 30: 50,500
Sunday, August 31: 44,110
Monday, September 1: 50,547

Sussex County: Route 1, Fenwick Island
Friday, August 29: 37,771
Saturday, August 30: 25,715
Sunday, August 31: 24,583
Monday, September 1: 33,813

Route 404 at Maryland State Line
Friday, August 29: 10,874
Saturday, August 30: 11,562
Sunday, August 31: 10,432
Monday, September 1: 13,286