Tens of thousands to crowd Delaware's roadways for Firefly

By Amy Cherry 5:52pm, June 17, 2014 - Updated 11:58am, June 18, 2014
More than 60,000 people are expected at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival. (WDEL/Amy Cherry)
With Firefly adding an extra day of music to its line-up, that means two extra days of traffic.

WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.

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"The last thing we want is another situation like we had last year," says Dover Police Corporal Mark Hoffman.

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Hoffman says they're trying to avoid the five and six hour trips it took some people from Wilmington to get to the Firefly Music Festival grounds at Dover International Speedway.

This year's festival kicks off Thursday, and campers will be granted early admittance.

"They're letting people in starting Wednesday afternoon or early evening, I believe, and throughout Thursday and Friday morning as well," said Hoffman.

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But you can still expect HEAVY traffic, especially on Friday when traffic from Firefly, the beach and the I-495 closure converge.

Hoffman says back-ups are simply "unavoidable."

"Anytime you combine 60 or more thousand people coming into town that normally handles 40,000 citizens, pile beach traffic on top of it, there's going to be some delays," Hoffman said.

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Locals are urged to stay off Route 1 and use Routes 9 or 13 as an alternate.

Those heading southbound on Route 1 should take Exit 104, but DelDOT warns if that backs up, they'll close that exit like they did last year and all traffic would then have to Exit 95.

Of course, stay with WDEL's All Day TrafficWatch for the very latest on Firefly traffic.

More: Everything you need to know about Firefly

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