DelDOT prepares for Memorial Day traffic

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced this week that it would be suspending construction-related lane closures at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, until 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28, for the Memorial Day holiday.

Ongoing sustained lane shifts  and/or lane closures may still be in effect in certain areas, officials noted, suggesting that motorists should exercise caution as heavy holiday traffic is anticipated. Emergency lane and/or shoulder closures may occur at any time on the interstate and state routes, they added.

• Georgetown Memorial Day Service

Motorists were also advised that the Circle in Georgetown will be closed to traffic from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 26, to honor veterans for Memorial Day.

• Dewey-Route 1 Southbound Lane Closure

For the safety of runners/walkers in a Memorial Day 5K, the right lane will be closed on Route 1 southbound in Dewey from Dickinson Street to New Road from 7:15 a.m. until 8 a.m. on Monday, May 27. For further information of the 17th Highway One Company 5K in memory of Doug White, visit www.races2run.com.

• Transportation Management Center

DelDOT’s Transportation Management Center (TMC) and WTMC–1380 AM provides motorists real-time traffic conditions throughout the state. Motorists can contact the TMC 24 hours a day, seven days a week to report any travel or traffic related issues at the following numbers: Dial #77 from cell phone in Delaware; (302) 659-4600; or 1-800-324-8379.

• DelDOT’s app

Motorists may adjust their routes or travel times by using DelDOT’s Smartphone application. The DelDOT app is available for Apple and Android smartphones and tablets. People can download the DelDOT app free; search for “DelDOT” at the Apple and Google Play stores. With the DelDOT app, motorists are able to view real-time traffic cameras, travel times, delays, advisories, DART’s Real-Time Transit Information. Traffic information and updates can also be heard on WTMC–1380 AM.

• DART

DART’s Route 305, Beach Connection provides a ride from Wilmington to Rehoboth Beach on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays through Monday, Sept. 2. Route 305 stops include the Wilmington Train Station, Christiana Mall, Odessa Park & Ride on Route 299 just off Route 1 in Middletown, Scarborough Road Park & Ride in Dover, Lewes Park & Ride, and the Rehoboth Park & Ride.

The Beach Connection is a motor coach offering 45 seats and two wheelchair positions, along with under-coach storage compartments for beach gear and luggage. This summer, the fare has been lowered to $2 per zone. The one-way cash fare from Wilmington is $10; $8 from Middletown; and $6 from Dover. Riders are being encouraged to buy an “Anywhere” Daily Pass for $12.60, which can also be used on all Beach Bus services connecting at either of the Park & Rides.

DART’s Beach Bus Services operate daily, serving Rehoboth Beach and the Boardwalk, Lewes, Long Neck, Dewey Beach, Ruddertowne, Bethany Beach, South Bethany, Fenwick Island and Ocean City, Md. The service operates from approximately 7 a.m. until 2 a.m. All buses are air-conditioned, ADA-accessible and equipped with bike racks.

Visitors and residents are being encouraged to use one of DART’s Park & Ride lots. The Lewes Park & Ride is located on Coastal Highway, just south of Five Points, where parking is free, and the bus fare is paid upon boarding. The Rehoboth Park & Ride is located off of Route 1 on Shuttle Road, just north of the entrance to Rehoboth Avenue. The parking rate there is $10 per car per day and includes up to four free daily bus passes. For customers catching the bus at one of the many bus stops, the one-way cash fare is $2, or they can ride all day long with a daily pass for $4.20, or weekly passes for $18 or monthly passes for $65 are also available.

With the free DART Transit app, riders can plan their trip, view bus stops, get real-time bus information, and see where the bus is along its route. And, for faster boarding and convenience, riders can pay their fare from their phone with DART Pass mobile payment. For additional information, call 1-800-652-DART.