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State prepares for Firefly Festival traffic

Megan Pauly
Delaware Public Media

If you’re travelling near the Dover International Speedway this weekend— expect some extra traffic.

The Firefly Music Festival is Friday through Sunday. Officials predict traffic will be worst Thursday and Friday, when campers are loading in at the Speedway.


DelDOT spokesman CR McLeod says state officials have a traffic management plan that’s been refined through prior festival years. It includes additional public transportation this year— with Visit Delaware shuttles offered in partnership with the state Tourism Office.

“We’ve seen a really high interest in [the shuttles],” said McLeod. “In fact I believe Friday is actually sold out. But you can check online for anyone that’s interested in doing that. Or even just going for a single day.”

The Visit Delaware shuttles will run throughout the festival, with connections to hotels in Newark, several Delaware beaches and the Wilmington AMTRAK station.  

The intersection of Persimmon Tree and Leipsic roads will be closed to through traffic and local residents. Two ramps off of Route 1 may be closed if traffic conditions warrant.

“We want to encourage residents who aren’t going to Firefly but still have their normal activities to get out and do those,” said McLeod.


"They just may want to leave some extra time if they are going to be travelling during one of those peak times," he added. "We could see some added volume especially along route 13 as that festival traffic comes in.”

McLeod advises travelers to check DelDOT’s traffic cameras through the agency’s website or free mobile app.


Sophia Schmidt is a Delaware native. She comes to Delaware Public Media from NPR’s Weekend Edition in Washington, DC, where she produced arts, politics, science and culture interviews. She previously wrote about education and environment for The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, MA. She graduated from Williams College, where she studied environmental policy and biology, and covered environmental events and local renewable energy for the college paper.
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