Cape Gazette

Several events bring paralyzing traffic to Lewes

Jun 28, 2014
Photo by: Dennis Forney Traffic on Savannah Road and Kings Highway have been backed up all the way to Route 1 on Saturday morning with drivers making their way into Lewes for at least four different simultaneous events. Police officers has to station themselves at three different intersections to divert traffic and keep it moving.

It's the biggest traffic weekend so far of the 2014 summer season as crowds start rolling in for a number of events and to get a jump on the Independence Day holiday.

In Lewes, the Beach Blast Lacrosse Tournament at Cape Henlopen High School and the Lewes School combined with the Sea Glass Festival at the Lewes Historical Society complex, the Historic Lewes Farmers Market at Shields Elementary School and the Classic and Custom Car Show at Hazzard's Auto and Liberty Gas Station brought traffic to a standstill on Savannah Road and Kings Highway late Saturday morning.  Lewes Police officers and Delaware State Police officers manned at least three intersections to try to keep traffic moving. For at least an hour, officers diverted incoming traffic on Savannah Road through Henlopen Gardens and over to Kings Highway because of gridlock.

"This is what happens when you have perfect weather combined with four or five events all happening at the same time," said one officer.

In Rehoboth Beach and on Route 1, traffic was heavy and steady from about 10 a.m. on Saturday.  The local bicycling and walking trails were also experiencing steady use as the summer season has kicked into high gear.

Kiya Safai and Mike Hazzard stand next to the Diet Dew No. 88 NASCAR racing simulator car on hand for the Lewes Classic and Custom Car Show Saturday at Hazzard's Auto and Liberty Gas Station in Lewes.
Several vintage cars, campers and tractors are on hand for the show.
The engine of Don Wagner's meticulously restored vintage Corvette.
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