Press Release -- November 18, 2011
New I-95 Newark Toll Plaza Welcomes Thanksgiving Holiday Travelers for the First Time

Dover -- The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) reminds travelers to exercise caution as heavy holiday traffic is expected throughout the state this Thanksgiving weekend. The busiest travel times are from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. the day before Thanksgiving and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday after Thanksgiving.

This is the first Thanksgiving that the reconstructed I-95 Newark Toll Plaza will feature highway-speed E-ZPass lanes and seven fully-staffed manual cash-lanes available in each direction. Travelers can expect smooth and quick passage through the previously notorious trouble spot just north of the Delaware/Maryland state line.

To improve conditions, the early 1960's-era site had significant improvements completed this summer. In conjunction with the highway-speed lanes, new signage, pavement markings, lighting systems, and employee safety measures were addressed.

To serve customers at the two State Route 1 toll areas, additional personnel will also be on hand at Biddle's Corner Plaza and the Dover Plaza to ease traffic congestion.

DelDOT's Transportation Management Center (TMC) staff in coordination with the Delaware State Police will monitor traffic across the state to ensure safe travel for motorists. One traffic collision or disabled vehicle can cause backups stretching for miles during holiday weekends.

Motorists should also use caution in the fog, or morning and evening darkness by slowing down and turning on headlights when visibility is compromised.

Work at most active construction project sites around the state will cease by noon on Wednesday, November 23, and will resume on Monday morning, November 28. Additionally, current night work and lane closures related to the Christiana Mall Road Bridge relocation will be completed before the Holiday.

Public Transportation

On Thanksgiving, transit systems will follow a holiday schedule. DART First State's statewide transit services for both fixed route and paratransit service will not operate on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24.

On Friday, November 25, DART First State fixed routes and paratransit service will operate on their regular schedules. SEPTA R2 train will also operate on regular service. Additional transit information can be found on their website DART First State


The following statistics were recorded for Thanksgiving Week 2010. They are provided as an estimate of the number of vehicles that will utilize specific roadways during the Thanksgiving holiday.

I-95 Newark Toll Plaza
Wednesday 103,370
Thursday 85,341
Friday 78,662
Saturday 105,059
Sunday 113,584
Monday 69,194

Route 1 - Biddle's Corner Toll Plaza
Wednesday 62,085
Thursday 46,642
Friday 44,957
Saturday 43,560
Sunday 46,109
Monday 47,125

Route 1 - Dover Toll Plaza
Wednesday 43,295
Thursday 32,330
Friday 32,397
Saturday 31,708
Sunday 35,064
Monday 30,572

You can view traffic conditions, delays or incidents each day, by visiting DelDOT online or listen to WTMC 1380 AM radio.