Press Release -- August 31, 2011
DelDOT to Suspend Construction Projects over Labor Day Weekend

Dover -- The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) alerts all motorists that increased traffic can be expected on Delaware's major corridors beginning Friday, September 3, as Labor Day Weekend gets underway. DelDOT is prepared for the many motorists that will utilize its roads this weekend. Wherever motorists are headed, DelDOT crews will be on hand to assist and monitor traffic volumes throughout the state. In addition, DART First State is prepared for the weekend, readying the Beach Connection Route and Resort Transit Routes for multiple travelers headed to the beach for holiday getaways.

Peak travel times during the Labor Day weekend are expected to occur from noon until 8 p.m. on both Friday, September 2 and Monday, September 5. All construction projects underway will cease at noon on Friday, September 3, except in the event of an emergency. Construction will resume on Tuesday, September 6.

DelDOT's Transportation Management Center (TMC) monitors over 5,500 miles of state-maintained roads around the clock. TMC personnel will observe the state-wide road network and adjust traffic signals in response to increased congestion or incidents.

Motorists traveling southbound through Delaware have Route 1, Route 113 and Route 13 available to help them reach their destinations. Motorists who have E-ZPass will be able to maintain regular highway speed through the E-ZPass Highway Speed Lanes at I-95 Newark, Route 1-Biddle's Corner, and Route 1-Dover Toll Plazas.

In order to keep pace with the traditionally large southbound traffic volumes on Friday and northbound volumes on Sunday and Monday, extra toll takers will be manning the tollbooths at all three Delaware toll facilities throughout the weekend.

DART First State bus services, both fixed route and paratransit, will not operate on Monday, September 5, with the exception of the Resort Transit Routes 201-208, its related paratransit service, and Route 305-Beach Connection. Monday, September 5 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 18, serving Rehoboth, Lewes, Georgetown, Dewey, Bethany, Fenwick Island and Ocean City, MD. Transit information can be found at DartFirstState

SEPTA's Wilmington/Newark Line will operate on a Saturday/Sunday schedule. For more information, visit online at Septa

For up-to-the-minute information on incidents or construction projects that may affect travel, motorists can visit us on-line at DelDOT or listen to WTMC-1380 AM.

DelDOT reminds travelers to drive safely, allow extra time to reach your destination, obey traffic laws, and always use seatbelts to ensure a safe trip.

2010 LABOR DAY WEEKEND TRAFFIC COUNTS
(Totals reflect the amount of vehicles in a 24-hour period)

New Castle County
Route 202, Widner College
Friday, September 3: 55,105
Saturday, September 4: 45,767
Sunday, September 5: 37,603
Monday, September 6: 39,104

U.S. 301, West of Middletown
Friday, September 3: 17,503
Saturday, September 4: 16,640
Sunday, September 5: 14,274
Monday, September 6: 15,216

Kent County
Route 8, West of Dover
Friday, September 3: 12,931
Saturday, September 4: 12,123
Sunday, September 5: 9,560
Monday, September 6: 8,898

Route 404 at Maryland State Line
Friday, September 3: 14,100
Saturday, September 4: 13,109
Sunday, September 5: 12,419
Monday, September 6: 15,943

Sussex County
Route 9, East of Laurel
Friday, September 3: 6,400
Saturday, September 4: 5,673
Sunday, September 5: 4,840
Monday, September 6: 3,676

Route 1, North of Rehoboth Beach
Friday, September 3: 76,097
Saturday, September 4: 83,859
Sunday, September 5: 80,766
Monday, September 6: 70,867