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DelDOT prepares for Firefly Music Festival crowds

Megan Pauly
Delaware Public Media

Tens of thousands of people will begin pouring into Dover starting today, Wednesday, June 13, for this year’s Firefly Music Festival.

DelDOT says it is preparing for the influx of people and traffic.


Traffic around the Dover International Speedway is expected to peak Thursday.

And DelDOT director of community relations C.R. McLeod says his agency is preparing for the throngs of people coming in for the four-day event.

“In preparation for that, we’ll have 35 message boards deployed in and around Dover to help direct traffic to the appropriate places. Having done this for now for a few years, we’ve been able to get better each year in terms of controlling traffic flow. So, using those message boards to ensure traffic is going to the right places, is key,” McLeod said.

McLeod notes that you can also expect traffic on Route 1 to get congested over the weekend as day visitors to Firefly mix with beach-goers.


McLeod says DelDOT’s Transportation Management Center staff will work with Dover and Delaware State Police to monitor traffic throughout the Dover vicinity to ensure safe travel for motorists.  

“We’ll also have a command post set up on the grounds here at Firefly as well, where we’ll be monitoring surrounding traffic conditions in real-time and adjusting traffic signals with our traffic teams as needed,” said McLeod.

He points out that Leipsic Road and Persimmon Tree Road will be closed around Dover International Speedway from noon Thursday through Sunday night.

McLeod recommends downloading the DelDOT traffic app to find the least congested routes this weekend.


For additional information, visit DelDOT, Dover International Speedway, Firefly Music Festival or Delaware Tourism.


Kelli Steele has over 30 years of experience covering news in Delaware, Baltimore, Winchester, Virginia, Phoenix, Arizona and San Diego, California.
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