As The Firefly Music Festival wraps up Sunday evening, state transportation officials are preparing for the increase in traffic volumes.
The final performance ends at 11 p.m. tonight, and motorists should avoid driving in or through the Dover area this evening, said DelDOT spokesman Jim Westhoff.
DelDOT is working in coordination with the city of Dover, the Dover International Speedway and Red Frog Events to coordinate traffic as festival-goers leave the Woodlands this evening.
Throughout the late afternoon and evening hours, there will likely be delays along the transportation system as festival patrons leave the area, he said.
"Before heading out, motorists are urged to look at the dozens of live traffic cameras, which can be accessed at deldot.gov," Westhoff said.
If motorists drive in the Dover area today and tonight, they should use extra caution due to the additional pedestrian activity along the roads.
The following plans will be in place during the evening hours of tonight, but the exact timing of some of these closures are fluid as weather may impact the decision of festival goers to leave earlier than anticipated:
*The northbound right lane of U.S. Route 13 beginning in the area of Jefferic Boulevard to Leipsic Road will be closed, the anticipated time of this closure is 9 p.m.
*Specific plans for each camping lot on the Dover International Speedway property will be in place directing campers to U.S. Route 13 and Del. Route 1 on all routes leaving the property, including Del. 1, U.S. 13 and Del. 9.
*Traffic signal timings will be adjusted from Dover through New Castle County.
There may be some delays in the Dover area on Monday, as well, as some festival patrons may wait to leave the area, Westhoff said. "DelDOT will have staff in place and will monitor the U.S. 13 and Del. 1 corridors for the morning rush hour.
For more information, visit www.deldot.gov and continue to check back to www.doverpost.com for updates.