Traveling for Christmas? Here are some things you should know

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Suspending planned lane closures

The Delaware Department of Transportation has announced that it will suspend planned lane closures on I-95, Route 1, US 13, and US 113 to minimize the effect on holiday traffic.

The closed lanes will be reopened beginning at 12 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 23 and will remain open until 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 26.

Traffic accidents and other unpredictable types of transportation incidents may cause delays and/or lane closures along major roadways, DelDOT said in a press release.

Construction-related lane closures on major roadways will also be suspended beginning at 12 p.m. on Thursday, Dec 30, 2021 until 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022.

Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

DMV offices will be closed on Friday, December 24, 2021. The offices will re-open at 8 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 27 and will close at 4:30 p.m.

DMV offices will also be closed on Friday, Dec. 31, 2021 and will remain closed until 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. Offices will again close at 4:30 p.m.

For more information about DMV hours, visit this link.

Transportation Management Center

DelDOT’s Transportation Management Center monitors Delaware’s multi-modal transportation system, coordinates DelDOT’s response to any incident that impacts the transportation system, including adjusting traffic signals. Motorists can contact the Transportation Management Center 24/7 by dialing #77 from any cell phone in Delaware or by calling 302-659-4600.

DelDOT mobile app

Motorists may adjust their routes or travel times by using DelDOT’s smartphone application. The DelDOT app is available for Apple & Android smartphones and tablets. The app can be downloaded for free. To download, simply search for “DelDOT” on Apple and Google Play stores.

You can view real time traffic cameras, travel times, delays, advisories, DART’s Real-Time Transit Information on the DelDOT App or listen to WTMC 1380 AM.


DART First State’s statewide transit services, both fixed route and paratransit service will not operate on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day.

Some routes will operate on a reduced schedule on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. The reduced times will be posted on the printed and online schedules. Additional transit information can be found on DART First State’s webpage at this link.


SEPTA’s Wilmington/Newark line train service will operate on a modified holiday schedule. For specific times, please check this link.

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