Traffic Alert for May 5th & DART Bus Detours

The Delaware State Police (DSP) and Delaware Department of  Transportation (DelDOT) are advising motorists to expect travel delays  throughout the morning and early afternoon hours of Friday, May 5, 2017,  due to the funeral services for Corporal Grade 1 Stephen J. Ballard.

The northbound lanes of I-95 between the Christiana Mall (Exit 4A) and  the Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard (Exit 6) will be closed beginning  at 6 a.m. and will be opened after the procession of emergency vehicles  to travel to the Chase Center on the Riverfront; additionally a second  closure of the northbound lanes between the Christiana Mall (Exit 4A)  and the Martin Luther King Jr, Boulevard (Exit 6) will be closed beginning at 8 a.m. for the last procession of emergency vehicles to  travel to the Chase Center on The Riverfront.

Northbound I-95  traffic will be significantly impacted and will be utilizing alternate  routes of DE 896, US 40, DE 273, and US 13; motorists can expect delays  on these routes with the increased diverted volume of traffic.

The funeral procession will then depart the Riverfront at approximately  12 p.m. and travel to the Gracelawn Cemetery located at 2220 North  DuPont Highway, New Castle.

The procession is scheduled to use the following route:

Justison Street - Martin Luther King Boulevard - South Market Street - ;  North DuPont Highway - ; Lovelace Avenue (U-turn) to Gracelawn Memorial  Cemetery.

DART will be offering free shuttle service from the  Route 273 and Route 7 Park & Ride to the Chase Center at the  Wilmington Riverfront beginning at 7 a.m. and ending at 9 a.m. Return  service to the Park & Ride from the Chase Center will between 10  a.m. and 1 p.m.

DART will also be adjusting regular bus services  to avoid road closures. Delays can be expected. Commuters can also use  SEPTA's Wilmington/Newark Line from Newark and Fairplay Stations to  avoid delays. Visit www.dartfirststate.com for more details.

Members of the public wishing to attend the services for Corporal  Ballard are asked to use off-site parking as access to the Chase Center  will be restricted.

Motorists may adjust their routes or travel  times by using DelDOT's Smartphone application. The DelDOT App is  available for Apple & Android smart phones and tablets, and can be  downloaded free, search for "DelDOT" at the Apple and Google Play  stores. With the DelDOT App you can view real time traffic cameras,  travel times, delays, advisories and DART's Real-Time Transit Information.

Source:  Delaware State Police and Delaware Department of Transportation 

Bus Detours Due to Funeral Services on Friday, May 5

Customers Can Expect Major Delays 

No DART Bus Service to Christiana Mall before 9 AM

Any Buses Using I-95 North will use an alternative route until after 9 AM or I-95 reopens

Any Buses Using US 13 South will have major delays from noon to 3 PM

All Bus Services in New Castle County will experience major delays

Christiana Mall Buses: Until 9 AM, the following bus routes will be on detour:

Route 5 – begin/end trips at Fairplay Station; no service to Christiana Mall.

Route 15 – begin/end trips at Fairplay Station; no service to Christiana Mall.

Route 33 (to Wilmington) - Regular route to Christiana Hospital, then operates non-stop to Amtrak Station via DE 4; no service to Christiana Mall.

Route 33 (from Wilmington) - no service to Christiana Mall.

Route 34 – begin/end trips at DE 273 & 7 Park & Ride; no service to Christiana Mall.

Route 40 (to Wilmington) – From DE 273 & DE 7 Park & Ride, operates non-stop to Amtrak Station via US 40 and US 13; no service to Christiana Mall.

Route 40 (from Wilmington) – no service to Christiana Mall; from DE 1, operates to DE 273 & DE 7 Park & Ride, then regular route to Peoples Plaza.

Route 45 - no service to Christiana Mall.

Route 54 (to Wilmington) – from DE 273 & DE 7 Park & Ride, operates non-stop to Amtrak Station via US 40 and US 13; no service to Christiana Mall.

Route 54 (from Wilmington) – no service to Christiana Mall.

Route 55 (to Wilmington) - no service to Christiana Mall; instead use DE 273 & DE 7 Park & Ride, operates non-stop to Amtrak Station via US 40 and US 13.

Route 55 (from Wilmington) - no service to Christiana Mall.

Route 301 – no service to Christiana Mall.

Riverfront Detours – until 2 PM

Routes 7, 12, 49 – begin/end trips at Beech St. at Penn Cinema; no service to Chase Center.

The Delaware Transit Corporation, a subsidiary of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), operates DART First State. For information on fixed route bus services statewide, please call

1-800-652-DART or visit www.DartFirstState.com.

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