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So Far, Traffic for This Year's Firefly Not as Bad as Last Year

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - Dover drivers on Thursday largely avoided the huge traffic headache and miles of backup that marred the start of last year's Firefly Music Festival.  Despite some issues in the morning morning, traffic wasn't terrible overall.Nicholas Slavtcheff has come down to Firefly all three years. He says driving through Dover improved this year.

"The traffic wasn't that bad. It was worse at the George Washington Bridge. Around here it was pretty good, which was surprising."

"It was way worse last year. We were stuck for three or four hours on the main highway out here," said Miles Higgins, who came in from Baltimore. "They certainly did something right this year."

DelDOT and festival organizers took a number of lessons away from last year's traffic debacle. One of the biggest changes to come from those lessons this year was a longer festival that spread out arrival times.

"Certainly we've succeeded in our goal of getting people to load in on different days," said Greg Bostrom, director of the festival. "For the most part we've kept the traffic off US 13 and kept it internal to the campsites. So, we've been thrilled."

Keeping it internal was good for people not going to Firefly. It was less good for people who were. In-person and on social media, festival attendees talked about being stuck for hours. Brandi Linton and her friends waited a long time.

"It was pretty awful," she said. "It's my first year. Based on that experience, I would still come back. But it was definitely not a fun time."

Even though things have moved along better this year than last year so far, there are still no guarantees for Friday. That's the day DelDOT expects to be the worst for traffic.
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