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DelDOT Expects Heavy Traffic for Firefly Music Festival

DOVER, Del.- The 2014 Firefly Music Festival at Dover Downs will bring with it plenty of performers and plenty of traffic.

The festival campgrounds will open Wednesday evening at 6 p.m., which is a change to this year’s event in an effort to help alleviate heavy traffic delays expected with the official opening of the festival on Thursday

Officials with the Delaware Department of Transportation said they want to remind local residents and motorists that heavy traffic volume will be encountered throughout the weekend, and recommends extra time be taken to get to your destination or take alternate routes. Heavy traffic may cause sudden and unexpected back-ups, so officials advise drivers to slow down and pay attention.

Traffic specialists from the Transportation Management Center and DelDOT’s Traffic Division will work remotely from the Command Post at the Dover International Speedway with technicians monitoring traffic both inside 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; and will place temporary directional signage where needed, and will assist with any incident or congestion problems along major travel routes.  

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 to ensure safe travel for motorists. 

Due to the number of patrons attending the festival, Leipsic Road and Persimmon Tree Road in the vicinity of Dover International Speedway will be closed to through traffic beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 19 until Sunday evening, June 22. At the conclusion of the festival, all roads will be reopened. 

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