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Agencies Work On Traffic Plans For 2014 Firefly Music Festival

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DOVER, Del. - The third annual Firefly Music Festival doesn't kick off until June, but with more top notch performers added to the roster and a fourth day added to event, traffic tie-ups are expected.
     
Some agencies, like DelDOT, are working on ways to improve traffic flow, so we don't see a repeat from last year. Some called it a traffic nightmare.

"It was bad, definitely worse than NASCAR weekend," said Elizabeth Thornburg, who works at Shucker's Pier 13 Restaurant in Dover.
     
Thornburg says the traffic was so bad during last year's festival, she was hours late for work.

"I lived about a two minute drive away and it took me 40 minutes to get here," said Thornburg.  
 
"The traffic was backed up to Middletown," said William Guy of Dover.

During the four-day event, about 100 bands will be performing including, Foo Fighters, Ziggly Marly an Outkast. The festival will run from Thursday to Sunday. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend.

DelDOT and other agencies are having monthly meetings on ways to improve traffic flow, like having campers come early.

"They'll be here Wednesday and Thursday prior to the event, so if we can get some of the demand of traffic in here early that helps us on the actual day of the event which is Friday," said Sandy Roumillat, of DelDOT.

Guy says he loves the event, but some drivers would appreciate better traffic flow.
 
"The flow of traffic just wasn't diagramed, I think, they way they hoped it would be. That's where all the headache and chaos came in," said Guy.  

While Guy recommends drivers leaving hours early to make it to their destination, Thornburg suggests having a single lane for local traffic only.

"I think if maybe there was a way of developing a pattern, it would probably help out," said Thornburg.

More detailed traffic plans are expected to become available some time in February.

The third annual Firefly Music Festival takes place June 19 - June 22, 2014.

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