Delaware warns of toll plaza backups
NEWARK, Del. -- Delaware transportation officials are warning motorists to expect major traffic delays during Christmas week at the Newark toll plaza on Interstate 95.
Officials say traffic could back up for miles and take hours to clear because construction has reduced toll lane access and altered traffic patterns.
Travel delays are expected to begin as early as Dec. 23 and last off and on through Jan. 3.
"We expect to experience a similar traffic situation as we did during the Thanksgiving holiday," Delaware's Transportation Secretary Carolann Wicks warned in a statement. "However, during the Thanksgiving weekend we were able to get the word out to the traveling public what to expect and to plan accordingly.
"Traffic through the I-95 Toll Plaza was actually down nearly 10 percent [68,899 vehicles less] than the same period last year. So the word is getting out and travelers are planning appropriately."
Travelers should consider using alternative routes and alternative modes of travel, or traveling during hours with lower traffic volumes.
Similar delays were experienced during the Thanksgiving holiday. Delaware even suspended tolls on the day before Thanksgiving to ease congestion that developed.
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